Building Safety

2023 Building Code effective January 1, 2023

Every three years the City of Malibu adopts the State codes as amended by the County of Los Angeles. The new codes become effective on January 1, 2023.

City staff is available by phone, email, or video call to assist with City business. For general department questions, contact staff at 310-456-2489, extension 390 and via email


permits & Plan Check


The Building Safety Public Counter is open for permit services Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Apply for a permit (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, spa/pool, excavation) through the online portal. Regardless of whether you complete this process online or in-person, you be asked to fill out an application prior to seeing a Permit Technician. Sign in to get in the queue.

The public will need an appointment for in-person assistance for all other times. Schedule an appointment with the online Appointment Request Portal. 


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

Over-the-Counter Plan Check HOURS

Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

To schedule an appointment, email the Associate Civil Engineer at


Express Tenant Improvement Plan Check appointments are available on Wednesdays only. Appointments will be conducted at City Hall. After your appointment request is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for the appointment. 

The appointment will be cancelled if Applicant is more than 10 minutes late. The appointment will be cancelled if Applicant fails to bring any of the required documents:

  • Plan Check Submittal Review: One set of Architectural and Structural Drawings (prior to electronic submittal)
  • View the Express Plan Review Process for details.


Building Safety staff provides permit services, building plan check, building inspections, onsite wastewater treatment system installation inspections, geotechnical plan review, grading, and drainage plan check. View Applications, Forms, and Fees.

The City adopted the 2019 California Building Codes, as amended by the County of Los Angeles, as amended by the City of Malibu. Refer to Malibu Municipal Code Chapter 15 for any modifications.

  1. Permits
  2. plan check

Submit requests for permits (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, spa/pool, excavation) through the online Building Permit Request Portal

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

Required Information and Fees

In-Person Payment

All fees are due when applying for a permit; payment by check or VISA and MasterCard is accepted with an additional 2.9% credit card transaction fee. It is recommended that you bring an electronic device, such as a smart phone or tablet, in case staff needs the applicant to transfer files at the time of the visit.

E-Payment by Credit Card

Online payments have an additional 2.9% +$0.30 credit card transaction fee; payment by American Express, VISA or MasterCard is accepted. Once you submit through the online portal, staff will contact you with next steps.

Provide the following information: payment; scope of work; the proposed project legal description, street address, or similar description that will readily identify the project; Indicate the use and occupancy for project site; construction documents and other information as required in Section 106 of the 2020 County of Los Angeles Building Code; the valuation of the project.

  1. Construction Recycling
  2. Forms

CALGreen and the City requires Construction and Demolition (C&D) project managers to recycle or reuse a minimum 65% of the waste generated. Download the C&D Debris Recycling Packet to get started. At the end of your project, complete a Recycling Report. Owner/Builders and Project Managers must provide haul tickets and diversion information.

Your project manager/builder and City permitted hauler should be informed of C&D reporting requirements. Any hauler not on the permitted hauler list is working in Malibu illegally and will be referred to Code Enforcement.

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.