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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Ojai Bungalows, LP and Greenhawk LLC Development Agreement

Below you will find Resolution No. 22-58 and Ordinance 934 that were introduced at the Special Meeting of the City Council held on October 18, 2022, and adopted at the Regular Meeting of the City Council on October 25, 2022, by a vote of 4-1, followed by a referendum letter received by the City on October 28, 2022, seeking to referend the Council’s approval of the Ojai Bungalows project via Ordinance and development agreement.

Resolution No. 22-58

Ordinance 934 (Includes Development Agreement)

Referendum Letter

Impartial Summary of Referendum Ordinance 934


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.

FEMA Flood Maps

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). 

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

Community Development Director
Lucas Seibert
E-Mail Lucas Seibert
(805) 646-5581 ext. 113

Associate Planner
Maura Macaluso
(805) 646-5581 ext. 115

Building Official
Tom Juzwiak
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
Shari Herbruck
E-Mail Shari Herbruck
(805) 646-5581 ext. 112

Planning and Building Technician

Building Inspector
Dane Lovett
(805) 646-5581 ext. 116

Inspection Line
(805) 646-5581 ext 127