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Virtual City Hall is Open For Business!
In a continuing effort to protect the health of the Ojai community, Ojai City Hall, Public Works Office, and the Parks and Recreation Office will be providing services via telephone and email only, beginning at noon on March 18, 2020. City staff members will be at our facilities and will continue to deliver high quality service to our residents and customers. Please use the “DEPARTMENTS” link above to contact the appropriate department for details on how to obtain the service you need. Until further notice, all non-essential public meetings and recreation programs have been postponed. Please check this page often for updated information regarding available services.
Effective March 18, 2020, City services will be exclusively available via email and phone communications. Social distancing will be practiced, meaning in-person service is suspended.
Staff will be onsite and ready to help. Please call or email to speak to the appropriate person:
Ojai Police Station: The Ojai Police Station remains open, please call (805) 646-1414 (Non-Emergency) or 911 for an emergency.
Public Meetings: Non-essential public meetings have been postponed or cancelled to prevent gatherings.
Planning Permits, Building Permits, and Business Licenses: To make arrangements for these services, please email Shari Herbruck at email@example.com or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 112. For Business Licenses and Finance Services, please email Kristy Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 100.
Code Compliance: In-person code enforcement interactions with the public will be limited as much as possible. However, Code Enforcement is onsite and prepared to respond to needs.
Plan Review: Plans currently in for plan review will continue to be processed. A bin for plans has been placed in front of City Hall and will be checked on a regular basis. Staff will notify applicants when plans are ready for pick up. Please make sure to pick up plans promptly to make room for other outgoing plans. Please label your plans clearly with your name, phone number, address, and email address and make sure the bin remains closed. Applications for Planning and Building permits can be found at http://ojaicity.org/document-center/ . Forms should be filled out completely and emailed to email@example.com . As with all new applications, the applicant should contact the Community Development Department for instructions, additional requirements, and fee amounts.
Inspections: All inspection requests will continue to be received either by phone or email. Inspections will be provided, as normal, with the following exceptions: inspections inside occupied residences will be limited to those essential for living and safety. Photos and video messaging may be considered for occupied interior inspections, for rudimentary work, when approved in advance and scheduled with the Building Inspector.
Job Site Considerations: All workers, and any others visiting worksites, need to take all safety precautions with respect to COVID-19. Among other things, the CDC has recommended against large gatherings, and respecting the recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other workers, where possible.
Public Works and Engineering Permits: To make arrangements for these services please email Nina Unzueta at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 200.
Park Rentals and Recreation Programs: The recreation center is closed and all programs have been postponed or canceled. For more information, please email Renee Peace at email@example.com or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 390.
Payment of Permit and License Fees: To make arrangements for payments to the City, please contact Kristy Rivera at (805) 646-5581 ext. 100.
As we all work together to “flatten the curve,” the City is focusing on doing what it can to help encourage social distancing. As we near the weekend, and people are eager to get out of the house, we wanted to provide an update on some recent measures we’ve implemented, as well as some things you should be aware of. The latest statistics, available on VCEmergency.com, show approximately 61 cases of coronavirus in the County,More information »
The Economic Development Collaborative has shared the following useful information for businesses effected by COVID-19. For additional information about EDC, please visit https://edcollaborative.com/More information »
The County of Ventura is encouraging the public, businesses and organizations to donate new, unused personal protective equipment to assist health care providers, health care facilities and first responders responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “We are facing an unprecedented public health emergency, and the increasing demands of our health care system is contributing to shortages in personal protective supplies,” said County CEO Mike Powers. “This generous community is already responding and making a difference we just want to keep that momentum going.More information »
A video update from Police Chief Rivera and the City Manager are available at this link: https://youtu.be/_cZMCp9OXBI You may have heard that the Public Health Officer has reported that there have now been over 30 cases of COVID-19 identified in Ventura County, with the first case identified in Ojai. This should remind us that no area is immune, and emphasizes how important it is that we all do our part, and follow the State and County’s Stay Well at Home orders.More information »
Clare Briglio, Economic Development Collaborative Director of Communications will be answering questions and clarifying processes pertinent to business owners on a ZOOM conference call on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. To join this call, please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org . For additional information about EDC, please visit https://edcollaborative.com/ crisis information & Resources for BusinessesMore information »
Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the proposal due date for the City of Ojai Arts Commission Paint Box has been postponed to a later date. The City and Arts Commission are taking precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.More information »