Phase II - Fire Debris Removal

After your property has been assessed by the LA County HazMat Team, choose Option One (Opt-In) or Option Two (Opt-Out) for debris removal. LA County has provided a handout with Frequently Asked Questions and video with details about Phase II. A representative from LA County Public Works is available at Malibu City Hall to collect fire debris removal applications and answer questions about its process, check Debris Removal Application Status.

  • LA County Debris Removal Hotline: 626-979-5370 (Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM; 24-hour dispatch)
  • LA County Fire Debris Removal Process - What to expect if you chose Option 1 (Opt-In)

View Opt-In State-Sponsored Debris Removal Status Map

To find out where your property is in the queue, call the County's Debris Removal Scheduling hotline at 805-819-8791.

Important Deadlines

February 15To Opt-In, submit ROE form to allow access to your property for debris removal.
February 15 To Opt-Out, submit Local Program application and work plan.
February 15To apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for grants. To apply to Small Business Administration (SBA) for home or business loans.
March 15County residents experiencing unemployment as a result of the fires can apply for unemployment with the California Employment Development Department.
March 15Property owners that do not submit a ROE form or Local Fire Program application by the January 31st deadline, and fail to remove the fire debris will be subject to public nuisance abatement and enforcement action.  
April 8Deadline to apply for FEMA grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations and local governments through its Public Assistance Program.



Deadline to submit Right of Entry (ROE) Form
February 15, 2019
Anticipated to be completed by mid-April

The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) will remove fire debris from homes that are damaged or destroyed under stringent environmental and public safety guidelines, at no out-of-pocket cost to the property owner. Should the costs of debris removal exceed the amount of debris removal insurance, the property owner will not be charged anything additional. If there is no existing debris removal insurance, the property owner will not be charged anything for debris removal.



Application / Workplan deadline: 
February 15, 2019
Deadline to complete all work:
March 15, 2019

Property owners who choose to opt-out of the Government-Sponsored debris removal program must participate in Los Angeles County's Local Program. With this option, the property owner is responsible for all expenses and will not be reimbursed with public funds. Either manage the debris removal project yourself or hire a state-certified contractor. The Project Manager (property owner or contractor) must be able to hire all the necessary sub-contractors to remove the debris in accordance with the Local Fire Debris Removal Application and Guidelines (see page 4). 


  • Malibu City Hall: 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu 90265 (Monday - Thursday, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM) 
  • Debris Removal Operations Center: 26610 Agoura Road, Calabasas 91302 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM). Call 626-979-5370 for more information.
  • Disaster Recovery Center: Hilton Foundation Building at 30440 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills 91301 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)


For properties with onsite wastewater treatment systems (septic systems), mark the location of your system and submit the information with your debris removal (Opt-in or Opt-out) application. Find information about checking and replacing post fire septic systems.


Properties that have charred landscaping, but no structural damage are not required to have a HazMat Clearance to remove this type of debris. Charred landscaping on these properties can be placed in green waste bins or removed by a City permitted hauler.

Environmentally-Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA) and native trees (Western Sycamore, Coast Live Oak, California Black Walnut, Toyon and Alder trees) are protected if the trunk size is more than six inches measured at a height of 4.5 feet above the ground. Only native trees that are threatening health or safety may be removed without a permit. Before removing any trees, residents must get approval from the City Biologist.