Building & Safety
As of 9/7/2023, the City of Ventura phone system is currently experiencing technical difficulties and therefore unable to process current requests for Building Inspection inquiries through the 805-654-7874 line. To schedule a Building Inspection, please process your request through VenturaOPS, under "Request Inspection". Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Building and Safety Division oversees all phases of new building construction, and performs a variety of inspections. The head of the division is the Chief Building Official.
The Building and Safety Division provides:
- Building permit plan check
- Permit issuance
- Assurance of building safety for new buildings, additions, tenant improvements, etc.
Additionally, Building and Safety maintains a historical permit and plan archive of over 1 million construction documents. This section enforces the California Construction Codes as amended by the City during adoption.
Codes, Policies, and Ordinances
Effective January 2023, the California Residential Code and California Building Code requires permit applicants or their authorized representative to provide access to and means for inspection of such work.
In accordance with Occupational Safety Heath Administration (OSHA) ladder requirements and to ensure City of Ventura building inspectors are reasonably safe, the following ladder policy has been implemented.
For additional questions, please contact Permit Services at (805) 654-7869.
2022 City of Ventura Building and Safety Ordinances (Codes currently in effect as of 1-1-2023)- adopting and amending by reference the 2022 Editions of the California Building Code, Electrical Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Residential Code, and the 2021 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code.
2019 City of Ventura Building and Safety Ordinances - (Codes currently in effect as of 1-1-2020): adopting and amending by reference the 2019 Editions of the California Building Code, Electrical Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Residential Code, and the 2019 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code.
Change in City of Ventura Building and Safety Inspections (effective January 1, 2023)
Effective January 1, 2023, City of Ventura Building & Safety inspections will no longer be providing inspections on the alternate Friday when City Hall is closed.
To view the dates of the Friday closures, please click here. Calls made for off-Friday inspections will be scheduled for the following Monday.
Inspections must be received the business day before the inspection is needed. Meaning, if you need a Monday inspection prior to the closed Friday you will need to call in the Thursday before, no later than 5:00 PM.
Off-hours inspections are available when arranged 48 hours in advance for an additional fee, depending on staff availability. Call (805) 654-7869 to inquire and get more information.
Scheduling can also be done through Ventura OPS (Online Permit Services).
Mobile Home Assistance
For information on mobile home parks such as safety issues, installation of an accessory structure, or unlicensed sales activities, please visit the California Department of Housing and Community Development page on mobile home assistance.
To access other online forms and the Permit Fee Schedule, please visit the Building and Safety Forms and Documents page, or call 805-654-7869.