VENTURA, Calif. – The Planning Division has launched a Web Badge program to provide a distinction between temporary outdoor event venues that have been permitted by the County and those that haven’t. The badges can be used on websites to give the public an easy way to identify and compare permitted venues on the Internet.
“To be permitted for up to 60 temporary outdoor events per year, a venue is required to complete a Conditional Use Permit process through the Planning Division,” said Planning director Kim Prillhart. “This involves a public hearing and an extensive review of the project by the Fire District, Sheriff, Public Works, Environmental Health and other County agencies, all of which can place conditions of approval. Our Web Badge recognizes the event venues that have completed this process and are operating in compliance with County standards.”
The program is the result of a suggestion from the Ventura County Venue Association to help permitted venues distinguish themselves from venues in unincorporated areas of the county which have started offering event services without going through the permitting process. These venues are subject to closure by the County and their lack of permits could ruin a bride’s special day.
So far, more than a dozen venues across the county have been awarded the Web Badge. The badge can also be used on pamphlets, brochures and other advertising. The badges are specific to each venue.
“We hope this designation will help prospective brides and grooms when they’re choosing a potential wedding site in Ventura County,” said Prillhart. “The Conditional Use Permit process is designed to make sure a venue is safe and suitable. Brides have enough to worry about, this badge lets them cross one item off their list.”