When is a Grading Permit Required?
Land Development Services Schedule of Fees and Deposits
Grading Permit App Package
The Grading Permit Application Package contains an application form, fee schedule, instructions, and a checklist for use in applying for a grading permit.
Remove and Recompact (R&R) Permit Package
This package contains an application form, fee schedule, instructions, and a checklist for use in applying for a remove and compact grading permit for a Building & Safety Division approved foundation.
Grading Cover Sheet
The Grading Plan Cover Sheet must be included in all Grading Plan sets except R&R Grading Permits. (CAD file is available upon request)

Grading Title Block– VCPWA Grading Title Block

R&R Grading Permit Cover Sheet
The R&R Grading Cover sheet should be used for Removal and Re-compaction Grading permits. (CAD file is available upon request)
DS-44A Project Checklist- Final Submittal
This checklist is used by the staff engineer during review of street improvement plans for subdivisions and land use entitlements.
DS-49 Subdivision Improvement Cost Estimate
This worksheet used to calculate Public Works fees and deposits, and to establish surety amounts.
Grading Inspection Procedure/Rough-Grade Clearance/Final Grading Clearance
This document establishes the responsibilities of the land developer during grading construction and requirements that must be met before the granting of rough grading and final grading clearances.
LDS-08 Rough Grading Inspection Certification
LDS-09 Fine Grading Certification
LDS-05 Grading and Drainage Checklist
This checklist is used by the staff engineer during review of grading and drainage plans for subdivision and land use entitlements
Construction & Demolition Forms B & C
Change Order Request Form
Report a Grading Concern
Land Development Manual ( PDF)
Grading Ordinance

Public Works Questionnaire
A completed questionnaire must accompany all projects to be reviewed by Land Development Services Division.
Floodplain – Frequently Asked Questions
DSF-255 Floodplain Permit Building Standards
Elevation Certificate and Instructions
Floodplain Development Application
Floodplain Development Permit applications are required by the Land Development Services Division of the Public Works Agency for habitable and non-habitable structure construction in a FEMA designated 1% annual chance floodplain.
FIRM Zones
Floodplain Ordinance
Floodproofing Certificate
Floodplain Fees
This document is a fee schedule for a Floodplain Development Permit or a Floodplain clearance.


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Engineering Services
800 South Victoria Avenue
Voice: (805) 654-2409
Fax: (805) 677-8762

Consultant Submissions to Indicate Interest

Furnish Federal Standard Form 330 Part II entitled “Architect–Engineer Qualifications – General Qualifications”.

Enter California Professional Registration/License numbers of principals in box 1 of SF330 Part II. If more room is needed, attach a plain sheet with the names and registration numbers.

Sources of Information

The Consultant’s Guide to Ventura County Procedures contains more information on consultant contracting, Public Works Agency standards for preparing plans and specifications (PPPM sections are referenced in Appendix 2 of the Guide) and Consultant contract formats.

The Capital Projects Five-Year Program indicates the major projects planned.

Reference Documents (including PPPM) may be downloaded from this site.

Types of Consulting WorkConsultant are engaged for project planning & design, feasibility studies, environmental studies, record map checking, land development plan checking, inspection, project management, materials testing, land surveying, other types of civil, mechanical, electrical, traffic, structural, and geotechnical engineering work and other types of professional services required for Agency’s projects and Agency’s general activities.
 County Standard Drawing Sheets for use by consultants on design projects


Consultant Selection Criteria

  Basis Of Selection:

Qualifications considered:

1. A/E’s experience including specialized experience on type of work contemplated.

2. Capacity to do the work within the time required.

3. Performance on past work for the County and for others.

4. Quality of consultants to be employed by A/E.

5. Project architect or engineer to be assigned to the project.

6. Board Policy gives preference to firms maintaining offices in Ventura County, if capable

and available, except where state of federal grants prohibit this practice.

Evaluation of Qualifications:Professional qualifications forms are reviewed by the selection committee and three or more are selected for further consideration. The selection committee consists of Agency’s Project Manager and representatives of the using and funding departments or agencies.

The firms selected in the initial evaluation are interviewed either in their offices or at the County’s office. The top three firms are then listed in order of preference of the selection committee for approval the Director of Public Works Agency.   For smaller projects, the results of past interviews and evaluation of past performance on County work may substitute for current interviews.

Selection:The Director of Public Works either approves the selection or refers it back to the selection committee with his comments or questions.
Negotiation of Scope & Fees:After selection is approved, a proposal is requested from the top ranked firm. A detailed personnel time budget is requested.   This is compared with a separate estimate prepared by the County’s Project Manager. Negotiating sessions are held to iron out discrepancies between the two. If this cannot be accomplished, negotiations are broken off and the second ranked firm is asked for a proposal.

Annual Contracts:

Annual contracts are generally used for supporting services. Annual contracts do not guarantee the County will use the consultant during the year, nor do they guarantee the consultant will take any assignment that the County offers.

Each fiscal year, the County enters in to consulting services contracts with a selected group of consultants in a variety of disciplines for which the Agency is expected to need services several times. Consultants desiring to be considered for an annual contract should contact the Director – Engineering Services Department during the month of March.

A/E Performance Evaluation:

Each Agency Project Manager having contract with the A/E during the project is asked to prepare a confidential performance report form.   These are sent to the Director of Public Works Agency and the Director, Engineering Services Department. The latter may invite the A/E to discuss adverse comments.