Community Development Department

The Community Development Director has direct oversight for all functions of the Community Development Department. The department includes the Planning Division, Building and Safety Division, and Code Compliance Division.

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Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for all current and long range planning functions for the City. Current planning involves land development projects including zone clearance for building permits, use permits, design review permits, and subdivisions. In contrast, long range planning encompasses preparing and updating the City’s General Plan, which serves as the blueprint for development in the City, and maintaining the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Maps.

Building and Safety Division

The Building and Safety Division is responsible for processing building permits, plan checks, conducting site and building inspections, monitoring construction activities and enforcing Ojai’s codes.

The Building and Safety Division is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 and 12:00 pm to answer questions.

Code Compliance Division

The Code Compliance Inspector is responsible for the enforcement of the Municipal Code including unsafe building conditions. Complaints may be made via the City’s Code Violation online form available here. You may access a fillable pdf form by downloading this form.

Document Center

The Document Center contains links to Community Development Department documents, including applications for the Planning Division, Building and Safety Division, and Code Compliance, as well as links to the Ojai Municipal Code and City of Ojai Citizen Portal.

It is important that you receive accurate information in response to your building and zoning questions. We recommend that you request information in writing.  This helps assure that we understand the situation you are inquiring about, and gives you a response upon which you can rely. Click here to submit a Community Development Information Request Form.

Related Links & Documents

Ojai’s General Plan

City of Ojai Boundaries Map
Zoning Map Land use Map
Public Transit Stop Map Complete Streets Policy
Design Guidelines & Area plans Building & Safety Handouts
2014-21 Housing Element Landscaping Standards
Lighting Standards Municipal Code
Neighborhood Planning Parking Standards
Profile of the City Sign Standards
Subdivision Regulations Trees