Building Safety

  1. Plan Check
  2. Permits

Counter Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The public will need an appointment for in-person assistance for all other times. 

To schedule an appointment, email the Senior Civil Engineer.

Plan Check Process

After receiving Planning Department green-stamp approval, the project can move forward to Building Safety plan check; a plans examiner reviews the complete plan set to determine compliance with applicable Building Codes.

  1. Submit your request for Plan Check review through the Building Safety Online Portal.
  2. A Permit Technician will review your request and may contact you for clarification of the submittal request.
  3. After the scope of work has been determined, the project fees will be calculated, and a payment request will be sent to Payor indicated on the online request.
  4. Staff will route the plans and documents to the plans examiner and necessary City departments including: Public Works, Geology, Environmental Health, Coastal Engineering, and Planning. 
  5. The Applicant will be responsible for submitting to any outside agencies, such as Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Water District 29, and Los Angeles County Health Department (commercial projects).
  6. After the initial Building Safety review is completed, the applicant will receive corrections (step #7) or approval (skip to step #8).
  7. Corrections: Applicant resubmits revised plans that address all corrections (from all departments) to Building Safety.
  8. Approvals: Staff will contact the Applicant to notify them that they have received Building Safety approval. Staff will also forward the Building Safety stamped plans to all necessary departments for their final stamps. Planning Department stamps last.
  9. After Building Safety and other departments have approved and stamped, the applicant may submit a request for permits.
  1. Construction Recycling
  2. Forms

CALGreen and 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.