Residential Structures

The Planning Division regulates the use of land and structures within the unincorporated areas of the County. One of the more common ministerial permits issued over-the-counter by Planning staff is for residential structures. A residential structure is defined as a structure for living, sleeping, eating or cooking and anything accessory to a residence or in the form of an accessory use. An accessory use is customarily incidental, appropriate and subordinate to the principal use of land or buildings located upon the same lot. Examples of residential structures include single family homes, residential additions, second dwelling units, swimming pools, patio covers, and storage sheds.

To determine the type of planning permit required for a proposed residential structure, you must determine if your project site is covered by the Non-Coastal or Coastal Zoning Ordinance. The appropriate zoning ordinance will provide you with the zoning for your property and information regarding allowed uses, required permits, and development standards.

For more information regarding a particular residential structure, please click on the appropriate link below.




Reasonable Accommodation: Pursuant to federal and state fair housing laws, the County of Ventura provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations in land use and zoning rules, policies, and practices that may be necessary to afford disabled persons an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.  

Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, setback area encroachments for ramps, handrails, or other such accessibility improvements; hardscape additions, such as widened driveways, parking area or walkways that would not otherwise comply with required landscaping or open space area provisions; and building addition(s) necessary to afford the applicant an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.