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.

Values

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 two principal mineral resources located in Ventura County are petroleum (oil and gas) and aggregate (principally sand and gravel). Aggregates include sand, gravel and rock which are used for fill, construction-grade concrete and riprap, among others. To ensure proper reclamation of these mining sites, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) requires all jurisdictions in which mining occurs to adopt a reclamation ordinance and have it certified by the state mining and geology board. There are also general guidelines that are used in the development of conditions which help ensure that mining projects generate minimal negative impacts on the environment and that mineral sites will be appropriately reclaimed.

Contact the Discretionary Permit Coordinator, Winston Wright at (805) 654-2468 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for application submittal information or to schedule an appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

For more information regarding SMARA, please visit the Planning Division’s SMARA web page.

For a Surface Mining Permit and Reclamation Plan Application, please contact the SMARA Coordinator, Brian McCarthy at (805) 654-5037 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.