Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Project Status

Last Updated 11/10/20


On September 29, 2020, the City Council voted to adopt Ordinance No. 486 (Enforcement Ordinance), which creates a new STR Permit system to regulate the short-term rental of residential property. Effective January 15, 2021, property owners are required to have a STR permit in order to rent their property on a short-term basis. 

The Enforcement Ordinance was designed to provide enforcement tools against nuisance properties while the Local Coastal Program amendment for the Hosted Ordinance, described below, is processed.  

The STR permit application will be available soon. On November 5, 2020, the City Council amended the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Fee Schedule to establish the STR Permit Application Fee to be $294. Updates will be posted to this webpage. 

Once the permit application is available, property owners are encouraged to submit their permit applications as early as possible to allow for processing. It may take up to 30 days to process applications due to the volume of applications received.

Interested parties may sign up for STR e-notifications to be notified when the application is available.


On November 5, 2020, the City Council introduced Ordinance No. 472 (Hosted STR Ordinance) to establish provisions to regulate short-term rental of property citywide which include, but are not limited to, requiring the presence of an onsite host during short-term rentals, primary residency requirements and multifamily restrictions; and directed staff to schedule a second reading. The second reading is scheduled for the November 23, 2020 City Council Meeting. Additionally, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 20-51, amending Local Coastal Program (LCP) Land Use Plan (LUP) Chapter 5 accordingly. See the November 5 staff report for more information on the proposed Hosted STR Ordinance.

The Hosted STR Ordinance involves an LCP amendment and Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to the Malibu Municipal Code. If approved by City Council, the LCP amendment will need to be certified by the California Coastal Commission before the regulations can go into effect.

For more details, view the City Council staff reports in the Agenda Center or watch the meeting videos at


A detailed history of the project starting in 2019 is provided in the Short-Term Rental Ordinance Staff Memorandum. For additional information, visit the Community Meetings & Public Input section below. 


For information regarding the City’s current regulations regarding short-term rentals, contact Associate Planner Justine Kendall at 310-456-2489, ext. 301.

For information on the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax program, contact the Finance Division at 310-456-2489.


Due to operational changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City made changes to how residents can report a nuisance related to a short-term rental. Residents who wish to report a nuisance related to a short-term rental in their neighborhood may call the Short-term Rental Hotline at 310-456-2489 ext. 308 or email Residents can leave a message or send an email including the rental address, the nature of the nuisance, and any other pertinent details. Code Enforcement staff will respond to the calls the next business day. Residents needing more immediate assistance, should call the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 310-456-6652. As always, in an emergency, residents should call 911.

Community Meetings & Public Input