Water Well Permit Restrictions

On October 28, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance (Ventura County Ordinance No. 4466) restricting the issuance of new water well permits in portions of the unincorporated area of Ventura County. The attached map shows those unincorporated areas subject to these restrictions.

The restrictions apply to the construction of new water wells and the modification or repair to existing water wells where an application for a well permit was submitted after October 22, 2014. There are exceptions for certain repairs or modifications that do not increase capacity, as well as for back-up or stand-by wells. In addition, there are provisions whereby the Public Works Director may waive the restrictions.

If you are contemplating a project that requires a well permit, you should first look to see if you are subject to Ordinance No. 4466 (i.e. is your property outside the designated area or is the well work not subject to restriction?).

If your proposed project is not subject to Ordinance No. 4466, you may apply for a permit through the normal permitting process.

If your proposed project is subject to Ordinance No. 4466, you should contact the Watershed Protection District before beginning the formal permitting process and get a determination as to whether your project falls under one of the exceptions outlined in the ordinance, or whether it is eligible for a waiver. You should contact Tully Clifford, Director of the Watershed Protection District, at 654-2040 or via e-mail at tully.clifford@ventura.org for a determination.

If the Watershed Protection District determines that your proposal qualifies for an exception from the requirements of the ordinance or grants you a waiver, the project may continue through the normal permitting process.

If it is determined that neither an exception nor a waiver can be granted, the application/proposal cannot continue through the permitting process until either the provisions of the ordinance no longer apply to the property, or a Groundwater Sustainability Plan has been adopted for the water basin.

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