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Application: If determined that a permit is required:
Plan Check: When a plan check is required, plan taken in for review, complex projects, or projects at the discretion of the Building Official will be taken in and reviewed in the order it was received. Turn-around time may vary depending on the volume of plans submitted to an office.*Not all permit applications require a plan check, (Example, replacement of a residential water heater. No plan check required. The permit could be issued upon completion of the application and payment of permit fee).
Permit Issuance: A permit can be issued once:
Inspection: When the permitted work reaches a certain phase of construction, the permit holder is required to request an inspection online through VenturaOPS or by calling 805-654-7869 to schedule an inspection. An inspector will review the work for compliance with the requirements of the code(s), the approved plan, and the permit(s) scope of work.
Project Complete: The project is complete once any required agency approvals have been obtained and the work covered by the permit(s) has passed final inspection (inspection record card and permit(s) have been signed and dated). For buildings and structures, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued by the Chief Building Official.
A property owner of a one- or two-family residence can obtain all required permits to construct, alter, add, improve, or repair the principal place of residence or appurtenances thereto, where none of the improvements are intended for sale within one year after completion.
An owner-builder indicates: a person who owns the property and acts as their own general contractor on the job, and either does the work themselves or has employees (or subcontractors) working on the project. Please review the risks of being an owner-builder.
The work site must be their principal place of residence that they have occupied for 12 months prior to completion of the work. The homeowner cannot construct and then sell more than two structures during any three-year period. CA Business & Professions Code section 7044 has more information about owner-builders.
The City will only process electronic submittals. We do not accept paper plan submittals. ALL PERMIT APPLICATIONS and RESUBMITTALS must be submitted online using VenturaOPS.
The California Building Code requires building permit for new Construction, Remodeling and Tenant Improvements for both Commercial and Residential projects. This may include:
If you are found performing construction work without the benefit of a building permit, a Building Inspector may stop the work in progress. Work cannot continue until a proper permit has been obtained. In these cases, permit fees are doubled. Work done without the benefit of inspections can pose a health and safety hazard.
For detached one-and two-family dwellings only (not a complete list).
NOTE: If you are in the Pierpont or Ventura Keys community, please check with Planning. Check your Title Report for any easement restrictions.
Building plan checks with no activity expire after 180 days. A building permit is valid for 360 days from the issuance date. In addition, the Chief Building Official may grant a 180- day extension. In most cases, a permit will not expire unless the applicant has failed to call for an inspection and show progress on the project for a 360-day period.
Once a permit is expired, you may be required to re-initiate the permit process and resubmit payment for all applicable fees.
APPBs and APPFs are the initial submittal of permit and/or plan check documents. The documents are reviewed to determine if they meet the minimum submittal requirements. Once the submittal is deemed complete, the APPB or APPF will be converted to a plan check or permit (ex: RESP, COMP, MCRP, PEMP).
Any new structure of 1000 square feet or more will require a Soils Report.
The City of Ventura’s automatic fire sprinkler retrofit program is intended to promote fire and life-safety equitably across all types of occupancies and classes of construction through mandatory retrofitting of automatic fire sprinkler systems. This mandatory retrofitting of automatic fire sprinklers is required in existing occupancies when certain thresholds or criteria are met. Please see the Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Worksheet for additional information on if your remodel requires this retrofit.