Top 12 Ways to Lower Project Review Costs
- Schedule a pre-application meeting with the Discretionary Permit Coordinator, Winston Wright, at Winston.Wright@ventura.org or call 805/654-2468, to discuss your project, obtain a list of submittal requirements, and review procedures for submitting and processing your application. Prior to scheduling a meeting, have following items available: assessor’s parcel number (APN), and your project description. (Please refer to the County Assessor’s Office for your assigned APN).
- Utilize the services of the Development Review Committee (DRC). The DRC consists of staff from various departments (e.g. Fire, Environmental Health, Transportation, etc.) who review discretionary permit applications. The DRC will discuss and provide early guidance to applicants regarding their project. The flat fee is $2000.
- Consider submitting a Presubmittal Review Application prior to investing a significant amount of time and money into a permit application. For a $400 deposit, you will receive a written analysis from the Planning Division on the County policies, regulations, and constraints that may have a major effect on the contemplated project. To be more effective, prior to submitting a Presubmittal Review application, have a specific project or design in mind and bring conceptual drawings and maps when asking questions.
- Consider hiring a planning professional or consultant to process your permit. A professional who is experienced in the type of permit or entitlement you wish to apply for and who is familiar with County of Ventura regulations may save you considerable time.
- Review our website - particularly all of the Ordinances and General Plan or Area Plans policies that apply to your project site— for the relevant regulations for your proposed project. Click on the following links to access the Coastal and/or Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinances and the General Plan Goals Policies and Programs.
Note: You will be charged for actual time spent on the presubmittal analysis, which may be more or less than $400, depending on the nature of the request.
In addition, review our Frequently Asked Questions and Public Information brochures.
For example, if you’re considering constructing a granny flat, search for “second dwelling unit” in the applicable Zoning Ordinance for relevant requirements, restrictions, and definitions and read the Public Information brochure on Second Dwelling Units. Other popular public information brochures available on our website include:
- What To Ask Before Buying Vacant Land
- General Guidelines for Building a Single Family Dwelling
- How Can I Split My Lot?
- What Is An Illegal Lot?
- What Is A Merger?
- Recording a Parcel Map Waiver