Building Safety


City Hall is closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). ESD staff is providing essential services while working with limited access. Staff will continue to prioritize fire rebuild processing and will respond to other requests in the order they are received as soon as possible. Your patience is greatly appreciated.


NEW Online Appointment System - The City has implemented COVID-19 physical distancing measures such as Plexiglas shields, rigorous sanitation procedures, and limitations on the number of staff and public that can be inside City Hall at one time, and other measures to protect the health and safety of the public and staff. Schedule an appointment Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, with the online appointment scheduler.

NEW Payments

  • E-Payment by Credit Card – online payments have an additional 2.36% credit card transaction fee. Once you submit through the online portal, staff will contact you with next steps.
  • Payment by Check – Mail check with City issued statement to: City of Malibu, c/o Building Safety, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265.

NEW Counter Services – Submit requests for permits (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, spa/pool, excavation) through the online Building Permit Request Portal. See service updates below. 

NEW Plan Check Services –  Submit plan checks through the online Building Permit Request Portal. See service updates below. 

Building Safety Services During COVID-19 City Hall Closure

City urges construction workers to follow City of Los Angeles COVID-19 Safety Guidance for Construction Sites based on the Interim CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and other publications.


Apply for a permit (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, spa/pool, excavation) through the online Building Permit Request Portal per attached structure. Once the application has been processed, an invoice will be emailed to Payor for E-Payment by credit card.

If you are applying for a reroof or photo voltaic (PV), include the following in the project description:

  • Reroof: valuation, square footage, materials to meet class A requirement
  • PV: planning project number, size of system, subpanels (y/n), backup power (y/n), valuation

Plan Check Services: SUBMITTAL, Resubmittal, Revision, or Addendum

Submit projects for plan check through the online Building Permit Request Portal. These projects will all have been approved through the Planning Department and Building Safety. Be sure to include “plan check” in the Project Description. Once the application has been processed, an invoice will be emailed to Payor for E-Payment by credit card. After submittal, a permit tech will contact the applicant for additional information and documents.

  • New Plan Check Submittal - Plan Check Worksheet (not required for Solar/PV, Battery Backup or Generator)
  • Architectural modification or revision - Applicant should contact the Planner of record prior to submitting for building plan check. Structural revision delta worksheet must be completed as part of a plan check submittal. 
  • Structural revision or addendum only - Structural revision delta worksheet must be completed as part of a plan check submittal.
  • Planning approved (if applicable) - Applicant must submit Architectural/Structural Plans, structural calculations, and energy analysis.

Plan Check Correction Pick-up

  • Internal Plan Check (IPC) - Physical: Applicant will be contacted to coordinate a date and time to pick up the plans.
  • Offsite Plan Check – Electronic: Applicant will be notified of the following: 
    • Status change through “GoPost” (CA Code Check/Bureau Veritas)
    • Stamps or corrections (City departments)

Approved Plan for Permit Issuance

Once fire rebuilds or large plans are reviewed as complete, Permit Services staff will coordinate permit issuance.


All inspections can be requested through the  Online Inspection Request Portal.

The City’s priority is to protect construction workers, inspection staff, and the community.  Physical distancing (6 feet apart) is required on the job site. If City staff observes violations of these standards on the construction site, inspections will halt until further notice.

Code Questions 

Construction Recycling

  • In response to recycling facilities closing down due to Shelter in Place orders, the City is coordinating with its solid waste haulers to ensure public health and safety while making a good faith effort to reach waste diversion goals. 
  • The City requires Construction and Demolition project managers to recycle or reuse a minimum 65% of the waste generated. If your hauler is unable to process recyclables, the Recycling Report must include an explanation and show a good faith effort. Download the Construction Recycling Packet for detailed instructions. View the current City permitted hauler list.

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.