Pesticide Ban

project status

Update 5/14/21 - The California Coastal Commission held a public hearing on the City's LCP amendment on May 13, 2021 and approved the amendment with modifications. The LCP amendment will not go into effect until the City holds a City Council hearing to consider the modifications and reports its action back to the Coastal Commission. The Council hearing to consider the modifications is tentatively scheduled for June 28. The Coastal Commission meeting video and staff report is available on the CCC's website (see the May 13 meeting agenda).


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