Welcome to RMA

The Resource Management Agency strives to ensure that its customer service standards are consistent with the Agency’s Mission Statement:

The mission of the Resource Management Agency, in cooperation with the public and our partner agencies, is to protect the consumer and community’s health, safety, and environment by carrying out adopted laws and policies, and educating, assisting, and empowering Ventura County residents and businesses to be good stewards of the land and our resources.


In addition, RMA has identified those core values which will guide us in carrying out our mission. These values are directly related to our customer service and include:

  • Honesty, hard work, and ethical behavior

  • Transparency and accountability

  • Equitable treatment and respect of all constituents

  • Excellence in service delivery

The County regards a Swimming Pool/Spa as a form of accessory use, which the County defines as being a use customarily incidental, appropriate and subordinate to the principal use of land or buildings located upon the same lot.

To determine the type of planning permit required for a proposed swimming pool/spa, you must determine if your project site is located in a coastal or non-coastal area. For project sites located in non-coastal areas, swimming pools/spas must conform to sections 8106-5.5 and 8106-5.13 of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to be permitted on all Open Space, Agricultural, Rural, and Residentially zoned parcels. However, for coastal area locations, swimming pools/spas are permissible on condition of conformity to Section 8175-4.15 of the Coastal Zoning Ordinance. Swimming Pools/Spas, which are located in the coastal and non-coastal zones and meet the requirements in the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance, require the issuance of a Zoning Clearance. Please fill out a Zoning Clearance Application and bring this with a set of site plans (include one set of 8.5”x11” reductions) to the Planning Public Counter at the County Government Center. To obtain the exact fee for a Zoning Clearance for a Swimming Pool/Spa at your project site, please contact a planner at the Planning Public Counter at (805) 654-2488.