Ventura is a full-service government serving approximately 106,000 residents.  The City is comprised of ten departments: City Attorney, City Manager, Community Development, Parks/Recreation/Community Partnerships, Finance & Technology, Fire, Human Resources, Police, Public Works and Ventura Water.

City Attorney

The City Attorney's Office mission is to provide the highest quality legal services to elected officials, appointed officials, and staff in conducting City business.


City Manager

Under the Charter adopted by the citizens of Ventura in 1934, the City Manager is "the administrative head of the City government... responsible to the City Council for the administration of all City affairs" including hiring and firing department heads, preparing the annual budget and ensuring the effective implementation of the City Council's policies and priorities.


Community Development

The Community Development Department implements a variety of programs to assist in the development of the City's economic future and to foster a better quality of life.


Finance & Technology

The Finance & Technology Department is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient management of Citywide resources and is comprised of the Administration, Financial Planning & Analysis, Information Technology, Purchasing & Contacts, and Treasury Divisions.


Ventura City Fire Department

The Ventura City Fire Department serves the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention,  education and emergency response services. We proudly watch over our community before, during and after emergencies 24 hours a day. We are here to serve you and protect you.


Human Resources

Welcome to the Human Resources Department. We are pleased to serve a workforce of over 600 employees. Our mission is to attract, develop, and retain quality employees dedicated to making Ventura even better.


Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships provides a variety of programs, services and activities for city residents and adjacent communities. For more information visit the tabs above, buttons below or eRecreation.


Welcome to the Ventura Police Department Website

Public safety is our top priority.  The primary goal of the Ventura Police Department is to respond to your "most urgent" calls for service within five minutes 90% of the time.  Every effort is made to reduce crime and the fear of crime by providing you with a safe community and quality service.


Public Works

"Preserving Ventura's vital infrastructure and environment"

Ventura Public Works Mission: We build and maintain vital infrastructure and protect our environment for the safety, enjoyment and prosperity of future generations.   Key services include: environmental education & outreach, recycling, energy conservation, stormwater & beach quality protection, traffic, transportation, parking management, pedestrian & bikeway advocacy, street repair, citywide cleaning, graffiti abatement, fleet & facilities, and design, construction & management of capital projects.

Public Works Director Rick Raives,

Public Works Joins Top Agencies in the U.S. to Receive APWA Accreditation 

Ventura Public Works has received the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation Award. In July, 2014, APWA announced that Ventura was the 92nd Agency out of 38,142 cities, towns and counties throughout the United States to receive this honor. This award is a the “seal of approval” from APWA for implementing nationally recognized best practices, state-of-the-art operations, and most efficient use of public resources.

The City of Ventura Public Works Department is the 11th city in California to be accredited. Worldwide there are 95 agencies accredited – 93 in US and 2 in Canada.  
 Learn about the APWA Accreditation process and why it's good for Ventura...

Congrats to our Public Works team and their outstanding efforts to protect Ventura's environment. Verizon featured the City of Ventura in their national ad campaign, view out the video here!


Sand and sandbags available to Ventura residents, at the following locations:

  • City of Ventura, Sanjon Mainentance Yard:  336 Sanjon Road
  • Ventura City Fire Station #1:  717 N. Ventura Avenue
  • Ventura City Fire Station #6:  10797 Darling Road (near Wells Road, across from Saticoy Golf Course)

When heavy rain is expected, the City of Ventura provides residents with sand and sandbags.  Please bring your own shovel to any of the temporary locations.

Contact Chris Palmieri, Public Works Supervisor for more information, 805-652-4521, or Rick Guzman, Environmental Services Division Secretary at 805-652-4525,

If you observe mud / debris in city streets or other non-emergency flooding problems, call Ventura Public Works at 805-652-4525 during regular business hours.  On-call Public Works staff are also prepared to respond to emergency flooding situations outside normal work hours.

Call 911 if you observe severe flooding, mudflows and/or landslides threatening life and property.

Ventura Water


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Ventura Water is dedicated to providing our community with quality water and wastewater services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have been delivering drinking water from local sources since 1923, cleaning wastewater for more than a century, and preventing stormwater pollution for the past two decades. 


Our Programs

• Drinking Water • Wastewater • Stormwater
• Rivers and Estuaries • Amended 2010 Urban Water Management Plan • 2015 Water Shortage Contingency Plan
• Water Shortage • Drought Year Information
 Water Commission Meetings
• Rates VenturaWaterPure        Guided Tours  Water Wise Incentive Program




Upcoming Water Commission Meeting November 24th @ 6pm (City Hall, Community Meeting Room)

Ventura Water featured in LA Times Article "Water Savers tap into Creativity" Saturday November 14, 2015

Santa Clara River Estuary Stakeholder's Meeting on November 3, 2015 at 11am

Lake Casitas: Low Lake Levels Now Impacting Water Color

Sign up for an in-depth tour of the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility today!

Start Designing Your Water Wi$e Landscape In Preparation for the Launch of the Water Wi$e Incentive Program!

⇒ Ventura Water to Launch Summer Outreach Campaign to Save Water; Hey Ventura! What's Your Shower Song?

⇒ Water Quality Exceedence Notice (Posted May 2015) - Public Notification of Water Quality Violation


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