Fire Hazard Tree Removal

As part of its ongoing efforts to be prepared for and help residents be prepared for wildfires, the City launched an innovative, grant-funded, Fire Hazard Tree Removal program to help residents prepare for wildfires. The tree removal is offered at no cost to the residents.

Brush clearance and removing hazard trees are important ways to create defensible space to make your home more fire-resistant and help firefighters defend your home.

Funding for Fire Hazard Tree Removal

This Fire Hazard Tree Removal program is funded by a $324,000 Wildfire Resiliency grant the City received in 2021 from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC). The goal of this grant is to decrease fire hazards and fuel loading within the Malibu city limits. Residents with dead and dying hazard trees can sign up to have those trees removed for free. A licensed arborist will work with Public Safety staff and the homeowners to identify and assess trees that pose a fire hazard, map them out, and schedule them for removal.


In 2022, SMMC allocated a second round of funding extending the program into Fiscal Year 2022-2023. The funding extension was accepted by the City Council at its Regular meeting on September 27, 2022.

Residents who applied during the first round of funding, but were not selected, are given the highest priority for removal during this current round of funding.

Apply for Hazard Tree Removal

Residents who wish to submit an application for a Hazard Tree Removal on their property should contact the Fire Safety office at or 310-456-2489 during normal City business hours.