Pesticide Ban

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Update 6/24/21 - On June 28, 2021, the City Council adopted the California Coastal Commission's (CCC)  modifications to the City's proposed pesticide ban. The amendment will become effective once the CCC’s Executive Director reports the City’s action to the CCC at its August meeting. The CCC report will be available on the CCC’s webpage prior to the meeting. 

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) on May 13, 2021 allowed the City of Malibu to advance its efforts to restrict environmentally harmful rodenticides, herbicides and pesticides to protect wildlife, habitats, pets and people in City limits. The City has been striving for years to eliminate environmentally harmful poisons from City limits, and has taken numerous measures to restrict their use, in partnership with Poison Free Malibu, a local non-profit dedicated to eliminating such poisons from the environment in Malibu. Prior to the CCC approval, the City’s ability to enact more powerful restrictions these chemicals was hampered by existing state law that preempts the ability of municipalities in California to create laws prohibiting the use of state-regulated chemicals. 


On December 9, 2019, the City Council adopted a Local Coastal Program amendment that bans the use of pesticides, including insecticides, rodenticides, or any toxic chemical substance which has the potential to significantly degrade biological resources in the City. Subsequently, the amendment was submitted to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for certification. On June 19, 2020, the CCC deemed the amendment complete but will be proposing modifications to the City’s language. On September 10, 2020, instead of holding a hearing within 90 working days from the complete submittal of the amendment to the CCC, CCC staff will be recommending a one-year extension to hold the hearing, as provided by the Coastal Act. Since then, City staff has worked with Poison Free Malibu and CCC staff to  to work on the CCC’s proposed modifications to the City’s Local Coastal Program amendment. Until the amendment is certified, a condition of approval regarding the prohibition will be added to coastal development permits.


*A full chronology of previous meetings and hearings where this issue was discussed is included in the City Council resolution. Meeting materials can be found at