May 28, 2020
Community Development Department
Business Update
Hair Salons and Barbershops Permitted to Reopen
Hair salons and barbershops in Ventura County are now permitted to reopen with modifications.

Hair salons and barbershops may only provide services that allow for both the stylist and customer to wear face coverings for the entirety of the service.

Services like eyebrow waxing and threading, facials and eyelash services are not allowed since they involve touching the customer’s face, according to the state’s guidance.

Nail salons are not permitted to open at this time. The state is in the process of developing statewide guidelines for other close-contact services, including nail salons.
Read the state's Guidance for Hair Salons and Barbershops here .

Read the County of Ventura press release here .
Did you know that all businesses, including essential businesses, are required to register when reopening?

Register Your Business at

Questions? Contact the Ventura County COVID-19 Hotline at 844-VC-OPENS.
Read about California's Resilience Roadmap Stages here .

Review safety protocols and compliance measures by industry-specific guidance here.
City of Oxnard Allows Expanded Outdoor Dining
Oxnard restaurants are permitted to temporarily establish outdoor space to let patrons enjoy their favorite restaurants at safer distances from other people.

Outdoor Seating Areas

R estaurants may establish or expand outdoor seating areas, provided that they:

  • maintain Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility;
  • are under the control of the restaurant or authorization has been obtained (such as from landlord);
  • comply with all Ventura County Environmental Health regulations; and
  • comply with any relevant Department of Alcohol Beverage Control regulations.

Outdoor dining areas may be established in the public rights of way, such as sidewalks, upon prior approval of the City’s Community Development Director or designee.

Anything added to public sidewalks shall not impede sight distances, access to utilities, and shall address safety from vehicles. The use of City streets for expanded dining may be allowed subject to a Temporary Use Permit with prior consultation with City departments.

Converted Parking Areas

Outdoor dining areas may include converted parking areas, provided:
  • the reduced business occupancy with COVID 19 rules supports these conversions; and
  • the City's Community Development Director or designee determines that the conversion can be accomplished safely.

Read the Director Order here .
Community Development Serving Our Community
with Online and Remote Permit Systems
Community Development is issuing 95% of our permits online!

Visit us online here , to submit an application for water heater replacement, electrical panel change out, repipes, new residential solar, reroof and furnace replacement permits.

For permits not described above, a permit application can be filled out here and submitted by email to for processing. In most cases, you will be required to print the permit card for your records and keep it on site during construction.   

Digital plans can be submitted for:

  • Residential solar
  • Signs
  • Block walls
  • Windows
  • Minor bathroom and kitchen remodels
  • Other, smaller permits by approval from a permit technician

Hard copy plans are required for the majority of plan check submittals including but not limited to:

  • New accessory dwelling units
  • Residential additions
  • New single family dwellings
  • Commercial and industrial tenant improvements
  • New commercial and industrial construction
  • Commercial solar installations
  • Commercial or industrial repairs such as HVAC unit replacement, equipment installation, and other building maintenance permits (commercial reroof allowed online here)
For the plan checks and permits listed above, please submit a completed application to to obtain the plan check fee, number of sets of plans that are required, and any other additional documentation that is needed. If you need to apply for a revision to an approved plan, a Revision Form must be included.

We continue to issue permits digitally and remotely utilizing shipping carriers, and an exterior drop-box and pick-up area available during normal business hours.

Non-emergency inspections requiring entry into occupied residences are being performed only on a case-by-case basis; other inspections could be suspended if conditions present an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure. Please follow CDC guidelines on the jobsite.  

Questions about permitting? Email us at or call our office during business hours at 805-385-7925.
Resources for Masks, Sanitizer, Shields and Gloves
Does your business need masks, sanitizer, shields or gloves? Visit the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce website here for a list of suppliers to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE).

Shop local and support Oxnard!
Learn about Federal, State and Local Relief Packages here .

Free business assistance is available :
Economic Development Collaborative, visit EDC online here .
Find a SCORE Mentor here .
Women's Economic Ventures, 805.456.2342 | Visit WEV online here .
Contact Our Staff
Our Economic Development staff is available to assist you.

Contact us by email at , or phone at (805) 616-6862. H ablamos español.

The Community Development Department continues to be open remotely for business; visit us online .
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Questions regarding business compliance? Contact Ventura County COVID-19 Business Compliance by email at  or call 805-202-1805.