The objective of the Building and Safety Division is to ensure that new buildings and alterations to existing buildings comply with the state and local laws for building, Green Building, Energy, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes. The Building & Safety Division achieves this objective by reviewing plans, issuing permits, and conducting field inspections of ongoing building construction to ensure compliance State and local codes.

Building permits are required for most construction or remodeling projects. There are specific requirements for residential, multi-family and commercial construction, and we encourage you to take a look at our FAQ’s section to get an overview of the issues. Please feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Ventura Office 805-654-2771 or Simi Valley Office 805-582-8064 if you have any questions regarding your construction projects.


Forms


Brochures


Guidelines & Standards

  • Requirements for Construction Plan for Residential pdf icon
    Plan requirements for residential buildings and structures.
     
  • Requirements for Construction Plan for Non-Residential pdf icon
    Plan requirements for non-residential buildings and structures.

  • Residential Floor Headers pdf icon
    A table of allowable loads for various size headers supporting residential floors.

  • Residential Roof Headers L/180 pdf icon
    A table of allowable loads for residential roof headers of various size. 

  • Fireplace Details pdf icon
    Typical fireplace and chimney detail.

  • Detached Retaining Wall - Level Grade pdf icon
    A typical detached retaining wall detail. 

  • Detached Garage pdf icon
    A detached Garage standard plan and details provided by the Division of Building and Safety.  A permit is required to construct a structure of this nature.  However, the use of this Standard Plan allows for the Plan Review fees to be reduced by eliminating the need of a Plan Review.

  • Detached Carport pdf icon
    A detached and attached Carport standard plan and details provided by the Division of Building and Safety.  A permit is required to construct a structure of this nature.  However, the use of this Standard Plan allows for the Plan Review fees to be reduced by eliminating the need of a Plan Review. 

  • Detached Patio with Roof or Trellis Cover pdf icon
    A detached and attached Patio Cover standard plan and details provided by the Division of Building and Safety.  A permit is required to construct a structure of this nature.  However, the use of this Standard Plan allows for the Plan Review fees to be reduced by eliminating the need of a Plan Review.

  • Steel, Wood and Mason Fences pdf icon
    Typical steel, wood, and masonry fence details.
     
  • Wind Load Determination Alternate Method pdf icon
    Means to calculate Wind loads using alternate methods.
     
  • Requirements for Foundation and Soil Reports pdf icon
    The Ventura County Building Code allows projects meeting a certain criteria to be exempt from the requirement of providing a Soil Investigation Report.  This form provides the requirements of a Soil Investigation Report is required as well as, provides a table of the exceptions.  See B-50 located in the “Forms” section of this page for additional information.

  • Residential Stairways and Handrails pdf icon
    Details of residential stairs and handrails. 
  • High Fire Hazard / Fire Hazard Severity Zone Requirements pdf icon
    Requirements for structures built in High Fire Hazard/Fire Hazard Severity Zones.  

  • Slope Setbacks pdf icon
    Slope setbacks based on the California Building Code section 1805.3.

  • Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems pdf icon
    Information regarding the requirements for residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems.

Laws/Ordinances

Current

  • 2016 Ventura County Building Code pdf icon
    The 2016 Ventura County Building Code is the current Building Code. Clicking this link will open the Ventura County Building Code in a new window. Close the window to return here.

  • 2013 Ventura County Building Code pdf icon
    The 2013 Ventura County Building Code. Clicking this link will open the Ventura County Building Code in a new window. Close the window to return here.

Historical

  • Historical Building Codes
    This link* will take you to the Historical Building Codes section of the Building and Safety web site where you will find a selection of past Building Codes that may or may not apply to your permitting process.
    * A new browser window will open. To return here, simply close the new window.

Policies


Fees

The Fee Schedules are Adobe Acrobat™ PDF format documents. These documents are easy to read, download, and print. Please see "Your Tool Box" located to the right to get the Acrobat™ plug for your browser if needed.

Fiscal Year 2017-18


FAQs

How far away from my property line can I build a structure?

For all property line setback, building height,  information.  Please contact the  Planning Department at (805) 654-2488.

Do I need a permit if I replace my Hot Water Heater?

Yes, Prior to obtaining your permit, you will first need to complete a Permit application form.  You can obtain this form either by downloading it here pdf icon, or by completing the form at the Building and Safety counter, located at:

West County Residents:   

Ventura County Government Center
800 S. Victoria Ave.,
3rd floor –in the Hall of Administration
Ventura, Ca.  93003-1720
(805) 654-2771

Or
    
East County Residents:   

Simi Valley Court House
3855-F Alamo St Ste. #2019A,
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 582-8064

What size of storage shed can I build on my property without obtaining a Building permit?

One-story detached residential accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, patio covers, playhouses, playground equipment or athletic equipment and similar uses provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet can be built without obtaining a building permit.  However, all zoning setback requirements must be met.  Please contact the Planning Department at (805) 654-2488 for all zoning setback information.

Are you open for business on Fridays?

Yes, Building and Safety’s regular business hours are:

West County Office:
Counter Hours:  
Monday thru Friday …. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Plan Submittal and Permit Issuance…..7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
No Financial Transactions After 4:00 p.m.

East County Office: 
Counter Hours:  
Monday thru Friday …. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Plan Submittal and Permit Issuance…..7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
No Financial Transactions After 3:45 p.m.

I want to build a “new house”,  what do I need to do to get a permit?

Please visit one of our office locations, and have one of the counter staff prepare a “Permit Processing  Checklist” for your project.

Where is my property line?

Please contact the Public Works Department, Surveying & Mapping Division at (805) 654-2068.

I am about to purchase a property, what am I allowed to build?

For this information, please contact the Planning Department at (805) 654-2488.

Can I obtain the permit history of a property?

Yes, please visit one of our office locations, obtain and complete a “Public Records Search  Request” form.  Give the completed form to one our counter staff members. They will research the property as requested and provide you with copies permits.

I have a neighbor that is building without a  permit, what do I do?

You can file a complaint with Code Compliance at 805-654-2463.

I’m  planning  a room addition to my existing home, do I need to install Fire sprinklers?

For Fire Sprinkler requirements, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (805) 389-9710.


Contacts

Ventura Office
805-654-2771
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Simi Valley Office
805-582-8064
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