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 wide variety of programs, services and activities for city residents and adjacent communities. For more information visit the tabs above for Arts, Events, Recreation, Senior Services, Tours & Travel and Serving the Community.


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.

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


July's Dirty Car Challenge Is On

Let's work together during this historic drought to stretch Ventura's local water sources.  Show your support of water conservation by driving a dirty car in July.  Skip washing your car for the entire month of July to raise awareness that everyone needs to do their part to save our water. 

"This fun challenge engages people to take action in the face of a serious and growing water shortage," said Mayor Cheryl Heitmann.  "Letting your car get dirty may seem like a small step but when we work together, the results can lead to big water savings.  It’s also a visible way to show how much Ventura values our 100% local water sources.”

Hear It On The Radio

Starting July 7, listen to Ventura County radio stations KBBY, KHAY, KRRFand KXLM about the "Don't Wash Your Car" challenge because the water we save today will be the water we use tomorrow. 


A Professional Car Wash Is The Smart Environmental Choice

“Don’t Wash Your Car” month is also about educating car owners about the best option for the environment.  Did you know that a commercial car wash uses only about 45 gallons per car and typically recycles the water, too?  Compare that with the 80-150 gallons used when washing your car at home.  And, when the soapy water, and dirt and grime washed off your car drains into the street, it can cause unnecessary pollution on our beaches and ocean.  

Post Your Dirty Car Picture To Win Free Car Washes

You are invited to post pictures of your dirty cars on Ventura Water’s Facebook page to enter the contest.   Open to all Ventura County residents,  a free car wash will be awarded each week in July to the top 2 dirty car pictures on Facebook, compliments of Five Points Car Wash, 2912 Telegraph Road, Ventura, California.

The Grand Prize of a "Complete Car Detail" (over $100 value) will be awarded to the picture posted on Ventura Water's Facebook page who earns the most “Likes” by July 30, also compliments of Five Points Car Wash, 2912 Telegraph Road, Ventura, California.

Just In!  The top 2 runner-up pictures posted on Ventura Water's Facebook page with the 2nd and 3rd most "Likes" by July 30 will receive a "Complete Car Detail" (over $80 value) from SoCal Auto Body, 511 S. Dawson Drive, Camarillo, California or Camarillo Auto Body, 695 Via Alondra, Camarillo, California.

Congratulations To Our Winners

Week 1
Barbara Miller - Free Car Wash
Meghan McLemore - Never Waste Bottle
Chris Cribbs - Never Waste Bottle
Grumbo Katt - Never Waste Bottle
SpotTheSmartCar - Never Waste Bottle
Week 2
Kristal Murguia - Free Car Wash
Barbara Miller - Free Car Wash
Meghan McLemore - Free Car Wash

Winners, message us via Facebook with your address and your prizes will be on their way to you!

Surprise Prizes For Dirty Car Drivers

And who knows ... while driving about town, you may be awarded a "dirty car" prize right on the spot!  Stay tuned for more details!

Saving Water Is In The News

Watch Ch. 3 KEYT Video: July 2, 2014

Ventura County Star "Ventura holding dirty-car contest": July 6, 2014

KABC Ch. 7 "Ventura Challenges Drivers to Skip Car Washes in July": July 7, 2014

We Are In A Drought: Get The Word Out

Last February, Ventura Water proactively requested customers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by at least 10% in response to diminishing water supplies.  While the spring rains helped boost water levels, those gains have been erased by the warmer than normal summer months.  On July 7, the City Council will receive a report (Agenda Item 10) on Ventura’s current water status and the planning efforts now underway if further restrictions become necessary this fall.  For more information and customer resources, visit

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