Pesticide Ban

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Update 2/23/21 - On February 23, 2021, City staff and Poison Free Malibu held a meeting with California Coastal Commission staff regarding  the City's Local Coastal Program amendment. Based on this meeting, City staff requested that the March 2021 CCC hearing be postponed until May 2021, to allow City staff to work with California Coastal Commission staff on further modifications to the Local Coastal Program amendment. Prior to the hearing, a Notice of Public Hearing will be published in a local newspaper and a CCC staff report will be available on the CCC's website.


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, 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. CCC staff believes this matter will be brought to hearing prior to one year; however, CCC staff would like additional time to work with Malibu staff. The staff report is available on the CCC website. 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