As our community recovers from the unprecedented wild fires, it is our top priority to help those affected with the rebuilding process. The County of Ventura and City of Ventura have similar, but separate processes for rebuilding. It will be important to follow the guidelines set by whichever jurisdiction you live in.
The County of Ventura understands that every property and situation is unique. Therefore, we have set up a process to assist you in your recovery efforts including providing a dedicated hotline to answer your permitting questions, the ability to schedule an appointment to discuss your rebuilding objectives with a staff member, and by expediting the review of your permits.
Steps to Rebuilding Structures Damaged in the Wildfires.
Temporary Housing After A Disaster
In response to the Thomas Fire, the Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance No. 4532 on October 30, 2018, amending the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to include revisions to sections of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance pertaining to Temporary Housing during Construction, Temporary Housing Prior to Reconstruction, and the Destruction of Nonconforming Structures Containing Nonconforming Uses. Ordinance No. 4532 became effective on November 29, 2018. Click here to review Ordinance No. 4532.
The following revisions were made to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance that assist victims of natural disasters:
- For any situation were a legally permitted dwelling is lost or damaged by a natural disaster, a habitable recreational vehicle (RV) may be used for temporary housing on the same lot by the residents that were displaced by the natural disaster. To be habitable, the RV must contain sleeping, cooking, bathing, and sanitary facilities with internal holding tanks for potable and wastewater. The RV must also be connected to an approved electrical source (generators are not permitted)
- For residences displaced by Thomas Fire, the RV may located on a different lot in the unincorporated area of Ventura County if authorized in writing by the owner of the lot where the RV is located.
- The RV may be used as temporary housing for up to 12 months. For residences displaced by the Thomas Fire, an RV may be occupied for an initial period of up to 18 months. The RV may be occupied for a subsequent term of 18 months, but no later than January 1, 2023, if the RV:
- Is connected to a permanent supply of potable water (e.g., well, public water purveyor); and,
- Continues to comply with the wastewater disposal requirements (e.g., connected to septic, or sewer, or a wastewater tank).
The Planning Division anticipates amending the ordinance to allow residents displaced by the Woolsey and Hill fires the same provisions allowed for victims of the Thomas Fire. To apply for a permit to occupy an RV, either during construction or prior to reconstruction of a principal dwelling, please complete the application below.
Please also review below the FAQs Brochure on Temporary Housing After a Disaster.