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

There are two broad types of permits: ministerial and discretionary. A ministerial permit is a permit that is granted based upon determinations that the proposed project complies with established standards set forth in either the Coastal or Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinances. These determinations are arrived at objectively, involve little or no personal judgment, and are issued by the Planning Director or his/her designee. This type of permit is commonly referred to as an “over the counter” approval. Some tree trimming and tree removal permits as well as film permits are ministerial. In addition, Zoning Clearances issued over the counter are also considered ministerial. Click here to access the Zoning Clearance Application Packet. This application packet has been standardized for most Zoning Clearances issued by the County of Ventura.

Some of the more common Zoning Clearances issued by the Planning Division are divided into two categories (Residential Structures and Agricultural Structures) that are listed below. Each link includes sections of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance and Coastal Zoning Ordinance with the development standards for the various project types.

Residential Structures

Agricultural Structures

Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridor Permits