Home Occupation Permits

What is Home Occupation?

Ventura County Non-coastal Zoning Ordinance:
Any commercial activity conducted on or from a residential lot where such activity is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the residential lot for dwelling purposes and the activity does not change the character of the residential use.
(Article 2: Definitions, page 17, VCNCZO)

Ventura County Coastal Zoning Ordinance:
Any commercial activity that is clearly incidental and secondary to the residential use of a dwelling and does not change the character thereof. (Article 2: Definitions, page 17, VCCZO)



What is the Home Occupation permitting process?

  1. Review the Ventura County Non-Coastal (Sec. 8107-1.2) or Coastal Zoning Ordinance (Sec. 8172-5.1 f.) standards for Home Occupation.*

  2. Fill out Tax Collector's Business License form.

  3. Bring completed Home Occupation - Zoning Clearance Application Packet and completed Business License form to public counter.

  4. Counter staff will review your submittals, and based on whether or not the submittals meet requirements, the counter staff person will approve or disprove your submittal. If the submittal is approved, the counter staff person will stamp the Business License and administer a Zoning Clearance.

*Per the Food Cottage Act, if your proposed use involves consumer operations (ie. catering, food, etc.), please contact the Environmental Health Division before contacting the Planning Division.



How much does a Home Occupation Permit Cost?

Home Occupation - $75.00
Fee Requirements - Planning Fee Schedule

Please contact the Tax Collector’s Business License Bureau at (805) 654-2653,
for Business License related fees and/or questions.



County Contact:

If you have any questions about Home Occupation permits, please contact,
Permit Coordinator Winston Wright at winston.wright@ventura.org
or (805) 654-2468.