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The City of Ojai is now offering a system for citizens to receive notifications via text message.  Opt-in by texting the keyword OJAICA1 to 91896 from your cell phone.  After the initial keyword is sent, you’ll receive a message asking you to reply YES to verify opt-in.

You are also able to text us at (805) 669-9971 for information and updates.  Texting any of the following words will give you updated information or helpful links:

CORONA: COVID-19 information and updates

Ojai: General information and updates

Contact: Contact information

Building: Building and Safety information

Planning: Permitting information

Engineering: Public Works and Engineering information

Licenses: Business License and Finance information

Parks: Park and Recreation information

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 herbruck@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 112. For Business Licenses and Finance Services, please email Kristy Rivera at rivera@ojaicity.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 herbruck@ojaicity.org . 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 Andrea Mackey at amackey@ojaicity.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 peace@ojaicity.org 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.

City News

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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Teleconference Town Hall: Small Business Resources-Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

    Has your small business been affected by COVID-19? Business owners are invited to join state representatives; Assemblymember Monique Limon, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and Congressman Salud Carbajal for a teleconference town hall on Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about local, state and federal programs available to small business owners affected by COVID-19. Representatives from the Women’s Economic Ventures – Santa Barbara, the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County and the Small Business Majority to attend as well.More information »

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  • The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

    The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs,More information »
  • County Programs for Homeless Populations

    The County of Ventura, with guidance from the California Department of Public Health, has been taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations in the community. The County has secured housing options at local motels in the cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Newbury Park. County agencies are coordinating to provide transportation, medical and mental health care, nutritional needs and on-site security. Referrals are made by community homeless service providers including nonprofit organizations,More information »
  • City of Ojai COVID Update March 27, 2020

    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 Shared Information for Businesses Effected by COVID-19- New Resources, SBA Loan Payment and Tax Deadline Extensions.

    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 »
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