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.


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.

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.


Community Development Director
Kathleen Wold, AICP
E-Mail Kathleen Wold
(805) 646-5581 ext. 113

Building Official
buildingofficial@ojaicity.org
(805) 646-5581 ext. 116

Code Compliance Inspector
codecompliance@ojaicity.org
(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
Cheryl Davis
E-Mail Cheryl Davis
(805) 646-5581 ext. 114

Part-Time Planner
Anna Villicana-Arroyo
E-Mail Anna Villicana-Arroyo 
(805) 646-5581 ext. 118

Contract Planner
Jay Higgins
E-Mail Jay Higgins
(805) 646-5581 ext. 115

Inspection Line
(805) 646-5581 ext 127