March 19, 2020
Community Development Department
A Message to Our Business Community Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Despite these challenging times, we remain focused on serving our community in the safest way possible.

All non-essential City buildings, including the Service Center, are closed to the public until further notice. H owever, we have implemented remote processes to continue handling Building and Planning, Plan Checking and Inspections. These processes are described in the sections/links below and will continue to evolve. Please check our website frequently for the most up-to-date information as things are changing rapidly.

  • Please help decrease the spread of COVID-19 at your place of business by following the CDC guidelines.

  • TAKE ACTION NOW and apply right away for SBA assistance if your business has been impacted by the coronavirus. Businesses are strongly advised to consult with EDC and SBA (contacts below) for the greatest potential success. Additionally, seek assistance from other programs and resources below.

  • Economic Development staff stands ready to assist our business community. Don't hesitate to contact us. Hablamos español.

The health and safety of our community and staff is our highest priority. Thank you for remaining informed, cautious, and flexible as we deal with new and changing concerns.
Health Officer Order Issued
The following types of businesses are ordered to close March 18, 2020 to April 1, 2020:

  • Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food.

  • Movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades.

  • Gyms, and fitness centers, and aquatic centers.

  • Wineries, breweries, and tap rooms that provide tastings.


All permanent food facilities may only prepare and offer food that is provided to customers via delivery service, pick-up for takeout dining, and drive-thru.

No Evictions in Oxnard
Effective immediately, commercial and residential evictions are suspended in Oxnard during the coronavirus emergency.

Efectivo inmediatamete, los desalojos comerciales y residenciales estan suspendendidos en Oxnard durante la emergencia de coronavirus.
Building and Planning Implements Remote Access
We are working to maintain as much normalcy as possible while protecting the public. Planning permit entitlement processing services will continue. Application and plan (re)submittals can usually be facilitated remotely as follows:

  • General inquiries should be sent via email to Please allow up to 2 business days for a response. Include your phone number so that a Planner may call you back.

  • For new applications, aside from Cannabis related permits, please contact us via email at Planning staff will coordinate with the City Treasury Department to process payment and to send receipts. Large projects, complex plans and those drawn by licensed design professionals can be shipped with prior authorization. Requests for Home Occupation Permits, Temporary Use Permits, Zone Clearances, and smaller projects not requiring a licensed design professional may be submitted via email as long as they can be printed on 11" x 17" paper or smaller while maintaining a minimum typeface height of 1/8".

  • For new Cannabis applications, call (805) 385-7863 for cannabis zoning clearance/zoning verification and / or to schedule appointments. For all other Cannabis Phase I questions, visit if your have additional questions, email Note: the Retail, Testing, and Manufacturing windows have been extended from April 2, 2020, to April 23, 2020.

  • For existing applications, contact your assigned Case Planner by direct email to make plan resubmittal arrangements.
Plan Checking Services will Continue
Most plan submittals and resubmittals can be facilitated remotely. Please contact us via email at or email your Permit Technician directly to make plan submittal arrangements.

Large projects, complex plans and those drawn by licensed design professionals can be shipped with prior authorization. Smaller projects not requiring a licensed design professional may be submitted via email as long as they can be printed on 11" x 17" paper or smaller, while maintaining a minimum typeface height of 1/8".  Any up dates for this process will be posted on the City website.
Inspections Conducted on an As Needed Basis
Inspections will continue on an as needed basis with the goal of supporting our community and local construction industry. We ask that non-emergency inspections of occupied residences not be requested until further notice. Any other inspections could be suspended if conditions present an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure. Any updates for this process will be posted on the City website. Please follow CDC guidelines on the jobsite.
COVID-19 Business Programs & Resources
Economic Development Collaborative
COVID-19 Business Resource Guide
If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, take immediate steps now by viewing the COVID-19 Business Resource Guide at the Economic Development Collaborative here .

This site is updated daily to reflect guidance and benefits including loan opportunities, extensions for filing payroll taxes, assistance for employees, and more.
Utilize EDC and the Small Business Development Centers’ no-cost business consulting to provide guidance during this time. To better serve you, communications can be scheduled remotely by email or phone at 805.409.9159.
Franchise Tax Board Extension to File
Information regarding extended timelines for paying business taxes is located here.
Go-Biz has compiled guidance from California Agencies and Departments for use by California employers and employees.
SCE Offers Help to Customers Impacted by COVID-19
To support customers and families staying home from work and school during the current COVID-19 emergency, Southern California Edison will be postponing all noncritical planned power outages while continuing with emergency outage work for public safety and wildfire mitigation.

S CE is also helping customers with their bills by suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for business and residential customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Read about the program here
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more here

For additional information contact the SBA Disaster Assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or email .

Employment Development Department Provides Support for Employees & Employers
The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 including information on Disability or Paid Family Leave benefits, Unemployment Insurance benefits, and other Employer Information, including tax filing extensions in California. Visit EDD to learn more.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information