Building Safety


CITY Hall reopens with New State Workplace Rules; Facemasks Required While Inside

With more than half the population of Los Angeles County vaccinated, county and statewide COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths falling to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic, and new statewide workplace safety rules adopted June 17, Malibu City Hall reopened to the public on June 28, 2021.


Apply for a permit (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, spa/pool, excavation) through the public access computer to initiate an application. Sign in on clipboard to get in the queue. A Permit Technician will call your name and begin the permit process at the counter.

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Schedule an appointment, Monday - Thursday, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, 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

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

To schedule an appointment, email the Associate Civil Engineer at


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.