Planning Programs

  • Cultural Heritage Board

    The County of Ventura desires to preserve and protect public and private history and cultural and natural resources that are of special historical or aesthetic character or interest. The County’s Cultural Heritage Program, carried out by the Cultural Heritage Board, also seeks to relocate or recreate such resources where necessary for their preservation and for their use, education and view by the general public.




  • Donate Your Unused Land

    Have you considered donating or selling a portion of your land to a conservation agency? If you own a qualified parcel of land, the County of Ventura (with funding from the Santa Clara River Trustee Council) has just made it easier for you to donate or sell a portion of your property to a qualified conservation organization.



  • Greenbelt Programs

    Greenbelts are voluntary agreements between the Board of Supervisors and one or more City Councils regarding development of agricultural and/or open space areas beyond city limits. They protect open space and agricultural lands and reassure property owners located within these areas that lands will not be prematurely converted to agriculturally incompatible uses.




  • Housing Programs

    The staff dedicated to Housing Programs help the County meet State-mandated housing goals by overseeing periodic updates of the housing element of the County General Plan, implementing housing policies and programs detailed in the General Plan, and conducting Board-directed special studies on major housing issues. .








  • Legal Lot Program

    Legal Lot Program- The State Subdivision Map Act, Ventura County Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances prohibit the issuance of any permits or other planning entitlements on lots that are illegally subdivided. Therefore, prior to the issuance of a permit or other entitlement, the County must determine whether the applicant’s lot is legally created.  The Preliminary Legal Lot Determination Program provides a service to individuals desiring to enter the permit by providing informal, preliminary legal lot research results.




  • Local Coastal Program

    Ventura County’s Coastal Area Plan and the Coastal Zoning Ordinance together constitute the "Local Coastal Program" (LCP) for the unincorporated portions of Ventura County’s coastal zone.  The primary goal of the LCP is to ensure that the local government’s land use plans, zoning ordinances, zoning maps, and implemented actions meet the requirements of, and implements the provisions and polices of the Coastal Act at the local level.




  • Mobile Home Park Rent Control

    The Ventura County Board of Supervisors appoints a five member Mobile Home Park Rent Review Board (MHPRRB).  The MHPRRB is responsible for rent stabilization through the Mobile Home Park Rent Control Ordinance.   On an annual basis, Ventura County Planning staff reviews the Mobile Home Park owners’ proposed rent change applications for completeness and consistency with the MHPRC Ordinance.   The ordinance was adopted to protect the owners of mobile dwelling units from unreasonable rent increases, while at the same time recognizing the need for park owners to receive a fair return on their property and rental income sufficient to cover expenses.




  • Surface Mining and Reclamation Act - SMARA

    SMARA is an acronym for the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975. SMARA was enacted by the California Legislature to address the need for a continuing supply of mineral resources, and to prevent or minimize the negative impacts of surface mining to public health, property and the environment.  Ventura County has developed a three-pronged program to implement the State law: 1) each mining operation is subject to a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) which contains detailed operating requirements and a plan for the reclamation of the site once mining has ceased, 2) annually inspecting sites for compliance with permit conditions, and 3) annually ensuring that there is an adequate financial surety in place to pay for the reclamation of each site should it be abandoned.




  • Condition Compliance Program

    The Planning Division's Condition Compliance Program seeks to maintain compliance with conditions approved with land use permits operating in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. Condition Compliance Officers enforce the rules and regulations outlined in the County Zoning Ordinances as well as the conditions approved with issued permits.  It is the intent of the Condition Compliance Program to work with the residents, tenants, and the businesses of Ventura County to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment through compliance with approved conditions of approval.