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Floodplain Management
Overview
The City of Malibu is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This program provides subsidized flood insurance for all property owners, provided that the local government institutes adequate land use and development control measures for preventing and reducing property damage from flooding. In addition, the City must ensure that projects within the floodplain comply with FEMA regulations and the Malibu Municipal Code.

Current floodplain maps can be viewed on the FEMA website.

New FEMA Floodplain Maps
Sections of Malibu along the coastline are currently being evaluated and re-mapped within the new preliminary flood hazard zones by FEMA. These maps represent an important step towards increasing public safety by better equipping residents and property owners to make decisions about protecting themselves and their properties.

With these maps, residents and businesses have up-to-date, reliable, Internet accessible information about their flood risk on a property-by-property basis. Community planners, engineers, builders and others will be better able to make important determinations about where and how new structures and developments are built.

Visit the FEMA - Los Angeles Open Coast website to view the new maps and learn more about flood risk for specific property addresses.

Public Input
The maps are considered preliminary until they are adopted in early 2018. A Public Appeal Period will be offered in the Summer/Fall of 2017. FEMA has yet to set the appeal period. During this appeal period, residents may submit appeals and protests if they disagree with the maps and believe an error has been made. Property owners who want to appeal are required to submit the scientific or technical data intended to negate or contradict FEMA’s findings to Malibu’s Floodplain Administrator.

At the end of the Appeal Period, the City will evaluate all appeals and submit its findings to FEMA. Once FEMA reviews all appeals and protests and incorporates any needed map changes, a Letter of Final Determination will be issued. Six months later, the maps will be adopted and become effective, as will any new flood insurance requirements. However, starting immediately, the City intends to use these flood hazard maps to help determine requirements for construction and development.

The City will conduct a series of community meetings to inform the public about these proposed map revisions.

Resources


For information regarding flood zones, flood insurance, Special Flood Hazard Area regulations, or copies of elevation certificates, contact the City's Public Works Department.


Contact Us
Rob DuBoux
Assistant Public Works Director /
Assistant City Engineer 


RDuBoux@malibucity.org
310-456-2489, ext. 339

23825 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu, CA 90265 
City of Malibu