Short-Term Rental Ordinance
New Short-Term Rental Permit Program (Enforcement Ordinance) Effective January 15, 2021
On September 29, 2020, the City Council voted to adopt Ordinance No. 468 (Enforcement Ordinance), which creates a new STR Permit system to regulate the short-term rental of residential property.
Advertising or operating residential property as a short-term rental (STR) without a permit as of January 15, 2021 will be considered a violation of Ordinance No. 468 and Malibu Municipal Code Chapter 17.55. The short-term rental of property or the advertisement, offer, or facilitation, of such rental without a valid short-term rental permit shall be subject to a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per day or violation, or twice the advertised short-term rental’s daily rental rate per day or violation, whichever is higher.
Property owners are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible as it takes time to review and process each application.
Online Application Submittal
The City offers an online application hosted by its STR administration consultant, Host Compliance. As part of the online application, property owners will need to:
- Provide proof of ownership by uploading a copy of their Grant Deed, and operating agreement if applicable, into the online application
- Print, sign, and initial the attestation page and upload it into the online application
- Mail the original signed and initialed attestation page to: the City of Malibu Short-Term Rental Permit Program (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265)
- Pay by credit card
Mail-In Application Submittal
To submit the application by mail, owners should complete the following:
- Enter information in the mail-in Application Form
- Print out the completed application, sign and initial as required
- Mail the application to the City of Malibu Short-Term Rental Permit Program (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265) along with the following:
- Proof of ownership (a copy of the Grant Deed and, if applicable, a copy of the operating agreement)
- Check in the amount of $294 payable to the City of Malibu
For questions or assistance filling out your application, contact STRSupport@malibucity.org or call the City’s STR support line at 310-456-2489, ext. 381.
SHORT-TERM RENTAL CODE OF CONDUCT
As part of Ordinance No. 468, property owners must post the City of Malibu’s Short-Term Rental Code of Conduct on the inside of the main entrance door to the dwelling unit or directly adjacent.
APPEAL PROCESS FOR STR PERMIT APPLICATIONS
If you wish to challenge the City's decision on your STR permit application, you may submit a written challenge on the City’s Appeal Form detailing the basis for the appeal and any additional documentation you would like to be considered.
The completed Appeal Form must be delivered to the City Clerk within thirty (30) calendar days from the date you were notified of the City's decision. Failure to do so shall result in the permit being deemed final and no further appeal will be allowed. Once a timely and complete appeal form has been received by the City Clerk, a hearing on the matter shall be scheduled before the Planning Commission in accordance with the procedure detailed in Malibu Municipal Code section 17.04.220. Please note that if an appeal is filed, you will still be prohibited from short-term rental activity at the property while the appeal is in process.
HOSTED ORDINANCE (In Progress)
On November 23, 2020, the City Council adopted 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. On November 5, Council conducted the first reading of the Hosted Ordinance and adopted Resolution No. 20-51, amending Local Coastal Program (LCP) Land Use Plan (LUP) Chapter 5 accordingly. See the November 23 staff report and November 5 staff report for more information on the Hosted STR Ordinance.
The Hosted STR Ordinance involves an LCP amendment and Zoning Text Amendment to the Malibu Municipal Code. The Hosted Ordinance regulations cannot go into effect until the LCPA is certified by the California Coastal Commission. A Coastal Commission hearing date has not been scheduled.
LCP Amendment Submittal to the California Coastal Commission & Correspondence
- City's LCP Amendment Submittal to the Coastal Commission
- Acknowledgement Letter from Coastal Commission dated December 16, 2020
- Incomplete Letter from Coastal Commission dated January 13, 2021
- City's Response Letter dated April 7, 2021
- City's Letter dated April 13, 2021
TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX RATE INCREASE
As part of the General Municipal Election on November 3, 2020, Malibu voters were asked to vote on a local ballot measure, Measure T, to decide whether the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) paid by hotel and other lodging guests should be increased from 12% to 15%. Measure T required a majority of votes cast (50%+1) in order to pass. According to the certified results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Measure T was approved by Malibu voters, receiving 56.18% of the votes in favor of the measure. On December 14, 2020, the Los Angeles County election results were formally received by the City Council. City staff will next initiate a public information campaign to notify the community of the rate increase.
For questions regarding the City's Transient Occupancy Tax program, contact the Finance Division at 310-456-2489.
REPORT A NUISANCE
Residents may report nuisances related to short-term rentals in their neighborhood either by calling the STR Hotline at 310-456-2489, ext. 308 or emailing STR@malibucity.org. Nuisance reports should include 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. If more immediate response is required, call the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 310-456-6652. As always, in an emergency, residents should call 911.
Community Meetings & Public Input
A detailed history of the project, which began in 2019, is provided in the Short-Term Rental Ordinance Staff Memorandum. The following documents also provide additional information:
- City Council (November 23, 2020) Agenda & Staff Report (See Item 3A1)
- City Council (November 5, 2020) Agenda & Staff Report (See Items 4A and 4B)
- City Council (September 29, 2020) Agenda & Staff Report and Correspondence
- City Council (September 14, 2020) Agenda & Staff Report and Correspondence
- City Council (August 10, 2020) - ZTA No. 17-002 - Agenda & Staff Report (see Item 4C) and Correspondence
- Planning Commission (July 29, 2020) - LCPA No. 19-003 Agenda & Staff Report and Correspondence
- Planning Commission (March 30, 2020) Notice of Public Hearing - CANCELLED
- City Council (December 3, 2019) Agenda & Staff Report
- City Council (October 28, 2019) and
- Administration & Finance Subcommittee (October 3, 2019) Financial Analysis on Implications & Potential Impacts of a Ban on Short-Term Rentals - Agenda Report and Consultant Presentation
- City Council (September 26, 2018) Agenda & Staff Report (See Item 4B), Draft Ordinance No. 436 and Council’s Changes to Proposed Ordinance
- City Council (July 9, 2018) Agenda & Staff Report (See Item 4A), Proposed Ordinance, and Council’s Changes to Proposed Ordinance
- Planning Commission (May 7, 2018) Planning Commission Recommendations (Resolution No. 18-26), Agenda & Staff Report (See Item 5C) and Correspondence received by May 7, 2018
- City Council (March 26, 2018) Notice of Public Hearing (Hearing cancelled and item remanded back to the Planning Commission)
- Planning Commission Hearing (November 20, 2017) Staff Report amd Draft Ordinance (Attachment 1)
- Zoning Revisions & Code Enforcement Subcommittee (May 23, 2017) Staff Report and Meeting Minutes
- City Council (October 10, 2016) Meeting Agenda & Staff Report (see Item 5B) and Meeting Minutes
- City Council (June 13, 2016) Staff Report
- City Council (February 8, 2016) Staff Report and Meeting Minutes
- City Council (November 9, 2015) Meeting Agenda & Staff Report (see Item 6B) and Meeting Minutes