Debris Removal

Fire debris, ash and other contaminated materials from burned structures may be hazardous waste and can threaten public health. On November 12, 2018, the County Health Officer issued a Declaration of a Local Health Emergency and Order Prohibiting the Endangerment of the Community through the Unsafe Removal, Transport and Disposal of Fire Debris. The Fire Debris Removal Process is divided into Phase 1 (Hazardous Materials) and Phase 2 (Opt-In or Opt-Out). 

Property owners will not be allowed to build on their property until there is a certification that the property cleanup and removal of all hazardous waste has been completed in accordance with applicable standards.


  • Malibu City Hall: 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu 90265 (Monday - Thursday, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Friday 7:30 AM - 4:30 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.
  1. Phase 2: Opt-In
  2. Phase 2: Opt-Out
  3. Phase 1: HazMat

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. View Opt-In State-Sponsored Debris Removal Status Map.

The application period for Right of Entry (ROE) forms ended January 31, 2019. Call the County's Debris Removal Scheduling hotline at 805-819-8791 with questions.

State-Sponsored Debris Removal Status Map

LA County ROE - check application status

Cal OES Eligibility Guidelines: State-Federal Wildfire Debris Removal Program Eligibility Chart

Advisory Notice (LA County)

FAQs Opt-In (LA County)


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.

Before removing any trees or Environmentally-Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA), residents must get approval from the City Biologist (Malibu City Hall, Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM).

Exceptions to obtaining a permit for removing native trees (Western Sycamore, Coast Live Oak, California Black Walnut, Toyon and Alder trees) with a trunk size more than six inches measured at a height of 4.5 feet above the ground:

  • The tree was planted for ornamental purposes as part of an approved Coastal Development Permit and was not required by the LCP or Coastal Act for mitigation or reservation. To check if a Coastal Development Permit was issued, search public records for your property.
  • The tree is threatening health or safety due to risk of falling, where the instability cannot be remedied as determined by a licensed arborist’s report and confirmed by the City Biologist - site inspection required.
  • The tree is destroyed or damaged by natural disaster. A damaged tree shall be exempt only if the general health of the tree is so poor that efforts to its long-term health and survival are unlikely to be successful as determined by an arborist’s report and confirmed by the City Biologist - site inspection required.

Leaf Blower Ban

Debris from the fire and damaged structures may contain materials and particulates that are hazardous to health and safety. The Malibu City Council banned the use of leaf blowers of any type from Malibu Canyon Road to the western City limits until August 1, 2019. Download a bilingual handout (English / Spanish), or read the LA County Public Health notice regarding prohibition on leaf blowers.

Be aware that the City prohibits the use of gas-powered leaf blowers anywhere in Malibu. The new ban pertains to the use of electric blowers in the fire affected areas.


To report leaf blower use in the prohibited area, contact Doug Cleavenger, Senior Code Enforcement Officer at

When reporting, be prepared to specify the exact property address.


For properties with onsite wastewater treatment systems (septic systems), mark the location of your system for your debris removal application. Find information about post fire septic systems and the Environmental Health Rebuild Process.