Shoreline of Ventura at dusk

The Planning Division is responsible for permitting development applications, creating regulatory programs, policies and ordinances, and engaging with the public and stakeholders in overall community development in the city. The Planning Division works collaboratively with applicants, developers, neighbors and community partners to ensure a sustainable future for the City of Ventura.

  1. Development Review Process
  2. What's My Zoning?

The City’s development review process ensures that future development proposals are adequately reviewed for compliance with land use regulations, necessary environmental review, and review from  the City’s Planning Commission, Design Review Committee, Historic Preservation Committee and the Director's Hearing when required.

While the Development Review process is managed by the Planning Division and an assigned case planner, application review includes representatives from each of the other key divisions/departments, including Building & Safety, Land Development, Environmental Services, Ventura Water, Parks, Police and Fire.