The Ventura County Fire Department is responsible for the protection of lives and property within Ventura County. The Department‘s area of jurisdiction includes all unincorporated areas of Ventura County along with the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and we now provide Fire services for the City of Santa Paula. The Department’s services are built around our mission of anticipating and responding to the dynamic public safety needs of our diverse community.

The Fire Prevention Bureau plays a vital role in the Department’s overall mission. The Bureau is responsible for developing and implementing programs and policies that prevent or reduce the magnitude of emergency occurrences, such as loss of property and life, personal injury or environmental damage. The Bureau utilizes the “Three E’s” of fire prevention (Education, Engineering and Enforcement) to meet these goals.

Education:

Educating business owners and the public continues to be one of the most effective fire prevention strategies. Members of the Department provide numerous educational programs and special events to a variety of audiences throughout the year. Fire safety education is also interjected into the fire inspection program.

Engineering:

The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts plan reviews of proposed construction projects, building remodels, and development projects located within its jurisdiction. Field inspections are conducted to ensure that newly constructed buildings meet all applicable building and fire codes. These measures help ensure the safety of the citizens we serve.

Enforcement:

Members of the Department perform on-going inspections of businesses and properties within its jurisdiction.  These inspections are intended to ensure compliance with fire prevention laws, codes and ordinances and the elimination of special fire hazards and dangerous conditions.


Forms

  • Incoming Transmittal pdf icon
    The Fire Prevention submittal form.

  • Inspection Request pdf icon
    Inspection request forms shall be submitted by 3:00 pm one business day prior to an inspection.

  • Application for Alternate Method or Code Interpretation  pdf icon
    The Ventura County Fire Code authorizes the Fire Marshal to consider, on a case-by-case basis, requests for the use of any alternate material, design, or construction method not specifically prescribed by the applicable codes/regulations.  This form provides the means to request an alternate method or interpretation of the code.

  • Statement of All Weather Access  pdf icon
    Used to obtain certification on access roads by a licensed Civil Engineer.

  • Authorized Agent  pdf icon
    Authorization of an agent to act on behalf of the property owner.

  • High-Piles Combustible Storage  pdf icon
    Used to provide the required information to process a high-piled combustible storage fire code permit.  This form must accompany a fire code permit application.

  • VCFPD Fire Code Permit Application  pdf icon
    Used to apply for fire codes permits as required by Chapter 1 of the Ventura County Fire Code.

  • Requirements of Construction Application  pdf icon
    This form must be completed for all new buildings, additions to legally existing buildings and change of occupancy classification.  It does not apply to tenant improvements where no new square footage is added.  This form must be submitted and approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau prior to issuance of a building permit.

  • Fire Prevention Public Records Request Form
    Used to request a public records search.

Brochures

  • Commitment To Defense pdf icon
    Property owners and residents can protect their homes by working with their neighbors and the Fire Department to ensure compliance with the Department’s Fire Hazard Reduction Program, as outlined in this brochure.

  • Ready, Set, Go pdf icon
    This publication will guide property owners through the process of making their home resistant to wildfires, and preparing their families to leave early and safely.

  • Ventura County Community Wildfire Protection Plan pdf icon
    This is the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for all of Ventura County.  The CWPP identifies funding and programs to reduce impacts of wildfire on the communities at risk within Ventura County.

Guidelines


Laws/Ordinances


Policies


Fees

The time and costs associated with processing a discretionary permit with the Fire Department varies widely depending on the size and complexity of the project.  There are two types of fees that apply when processing a discretionary permit with the Fire Department.  First is the fee for staff’s review of the project, which is based on an hourly rate.  The second is the fees associated with required permits and/or plan reviews, most of which are a fixed rate.  You can review the Fire Department fee schedule by clicking the link below.


FAQs

What is an Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) and where do I obtain it?

An Assessor’s Parcel Number is a series of ten numbers/digits that are used as a file number by the Assessor’s Office to inventory or identify property.  To obtain your APN, refer to your property tax bill, deed or contact the Ventura County Assessor’s Office at (805) 654-2282.

Why do I need my Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN)?

The Fire Department uses this number to associate project submittals with your property.

How long will it take until my plans are approved?

Review times vary based on the type of submittal.  Generally plans will be reviewed within 2-3 weeks..

How do I schedule an inspection?

Contact the Fire Prevention Inspection Request Line at (805) 389-9744 or fax an Inspection Request Form pdf icon to (805) 388-4356.  Inspection requests must be made before 3:00 pm one business day prior to the inspection.  Please provide your Fire Prevention case number when requesting an inspection.

Am I required to install fire sprinklers?

All structures built within Ventura County Fire Department’s jurisdiction are required to have an automatic fire sprinkler system installed.  Exceptions to this requirement are outlined in Appendix L of the Ventura County Fire Protection District’s Ordinance Number 27.  Plans shall be approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau prior to installation.

Why do I need to submit building plans to the Fire Department?

The Fire Department is the Authority Having Jurisdiction for the California State Fire Marshal’s Office in accordance with California State Law within the boundaries of the Ventura County Fire Protection District.  The Fire Department reviews all state regulated occupancies as defined in California Code of Regulations Title 19 and hazardous occupancies as defined in the International Building Code.


Contacts

All General Fire Prevention Questions:
Fire Prevention Counter
165 Durley Ave
Camarillo, CA  93010
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(805) 389-9738