Permits Process

The primary intent of Building regulation is to provide reasonable controls for the construction, use and occupancy of buildings and all of their various components. Thus such codes are minimum in nature, and under the provisions of the POLICE POWER cannot legally be made to require construction of a quality excessive of that which is necessary to furnish a reasonable degree of safety.  For details, see our permit processing guide.

Applicable Codes
  • The California Building Code, 2010 Edition.
  • The California Electrical Code, 2010 Edition.
  • The California Mechanical Code, 2010 Edition.
  • The California Plumbing Code, 2010 Edition.
  • The California Existing Building Code, 2010 Edition.
  • The Uniform Housing Code, 1997 Edition.
  • The Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, 1997 Edition.
  • The Ventura County Amendments contained in this ordinance to the above referenced codes.
When a Building Permit is Required

Except as specified under "Work Exempt from Permit," no person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building or structure, building service equipment, machine, equipment, or cause the same to be done, without first obtaining the necessary permit for each such building or structure from the Building Official.  The terms "erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair," etc., as used above shall be deemed to include any and all electrical, plumbing, mechanical, grading or other work regulated by this Code.

Work Exempt from Permit.  A building permit shall not be required for the following:
  • One-story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, patio covers, playhouses, playground or athletic equipment and similar uses provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.

  • Fences not over 6 feet high measured from adjacent grade on the side which yields the greatest height, unless supporting a surcharge or structural element.

  • Oil derricks.

  • Movable cases, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches high.

  • Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.

  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the tank capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

  • Platforms, walks and wood decks not more than 30 inches above grade at any point and not over any basement or story below, nor supporting any structure above.

  • Painting, papering, and similar finish work.

  • Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.

  • Window awnings supported completely by an exterior wall of Group R, Division 3 or Group U Occupancies when projecting not more than 54 inches nor encroaching into required yards.

  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R, Division 3 Occupancy that are less than 18 inches deep, andthe pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade and the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,927L).

  • [For SFM] State-owned buildings under the jurisdiction of the state fire marshal.

  • Freestanding signs not more than 10 feet in height and not more than 72 square feet in area and wall signs not more than 200 square feet in area.

  • Residential television and radio antennas and dish antennas not more than 3 feet in diameter with an approved zone clearance.

  • Commercial antennas not over 15 feet in height (height shall be measured from the ground below) when in compliance with the County Zoning Ordinance.

  • Electrolier standards and flag poles not over 35 feet in height (when measured from the ground below) when in compliance with the County Zoning Ordinance.

  • Readily removable plastic covered hoop structures without in‑ground footings or foundations that are not more than 12 feet in height.

  • Agricultural wind generating machines except that an electrical or gas permit is required if they are connected to a commercial utility.

  • Detached one story shade covers for animals when the covers are not over 12 feet in height above grade and not more than 1,000 square feet of roof area.

Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits will be required for the above-exempted items.  Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.

Fees

Building Division income is derived from permit, plancheck and other service fees.  The fees are based on an intent to completely offset the operating costs of the Division without making any profit.  For details, see our fee schedule.

Permit by fax

Permit by fax service is available on minor projects, such as replacing water heaters, replacement of electric services, etc.  For details, see permit by fax program.