Building Safety


Building Safety staff provides permit services, building plan check, building inspections, onsite wastewater treatment system installation inspections, geotechnical plan review, grading, and drainage plan check. View Applications, Forms, and Fees.

The City adopted the 2019 California Building Codes, as amended by the County of Los Angeles, as amended by the City of Malibu. Refer to Malibu Municipal Code Chapter 15 for any modifications.

  1. Permits
  2. plan check

To obtain a permit, complete and submit an application at the Public Counter. Provide the following information.

  • Identify and describe the work
  • Describe the project site by legal description, street address, or similar description that will readily identify the proposed project
  • Indicate the use and occupancy for project site
  • Include construction documents and other information as required in Section 106 of the 2020 County of Los Angeles Building Code
  • State the valuation of the proposed project

counter hours

Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Afternoons by appointment)

To schedule an appointment, email one of the following Permit Technicians: or or

  1. Construction Recycling
  2. Counter Hours

The City requires Construction and Demolition (C&D) project managers to recycle or reuse a minimum 65% of the waste generated. Download the C&D Debris Recycling Packet to get started. At the end of your project, complete a Recycling Report. Owner/Builders and Project Managers must provide haul tickets and diversion information.

Your project manager/builder and City permitted hauler should be informed of C&D reporting requirements. Any hauler not on the permitted hauler list is working in Malibu illegally and will be referred to Code Enforcement.

Assembly Bill (AB) 3002 

Effective Jan 1, 2019, AB 3002 requires cities to provide information to applicants on disability access requirements and resources. The Notice to Applicants for Commercial Building Permits is also available in Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean, as required by the bill.

Applicants for commercial building permits are encouraged to take advantage of California access specialists (CASp) inspection services, state and federal programs for assistance with access compliance and access expenditures, federal and state legal requirements on accessibility for individuals with disabilities.