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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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.
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.
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.
Do you know if your property is located in an area subject to flooding? View the latest Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) digital flood insurance rate maps (DFIRM) to see if your property is affected. FEMA has also created flood-hazard maps to show different degrees of risk for your community, which help determine the cost of flood insurance. The lower the degree of risk, the lower the flood insurance premium. The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
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
Community Development Director
E-Mail Lucas Seibert
(805) 646-5581 ext. 113
(805) 646-5581 ext. 115
E-Mail Building Official
(805) 646-5581 ext. 116
Code Compliance Inspector
E-Mail Code Compliance
(805) 646-5581 ext. 117
Senior Planning and Building Technician
E-Mail Shari Herbruck
(805) 646-5581 ext. 112
Planning and Building Technician
E-Mail Cheryl Davis
(805) 646-5581 ext. 114
(805) 646-5581 ext. 11
(805) 646-5581 ext 127