Geology & Coastal Engineering


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.

In-Person COUNTER Services

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

Schedule an appointment with the online Appointment Request Portal.


The City Geologist reviews engineering geology reports, building and/or grading plans, and as-built engineering geology and compaction reports for proposed projects. In addition to performing site visits and reviewing reports, staff notifies the City and applicant of potential geologic hazards that are associated with the project.

Coastal Engineering staff reviews wave run-up reports and building plans for proposed projects. Emphasis is placed on the effect of wave impact on the proposed development, the effect of the proposed project on adjacent properties, coastal and local beach conditions, and inundation. Staff coordinates with the project consultants, other City departments, and local agencies.

electronic submittal

The City implemented a paperless office system to reduce paper use, increase efficiency, and provide a more effective way for staff and clients to interact. All reports and documents with associated maps and cross-sections must be submitted in PDF format on a single CD.

  • Applicants must provide a valid email address for correspondence with the City
  • All documents shall be a minimum of size 10 font
  • Reports must be stamped and signed by the consultant
  • Submittals must be accompanied by a stamped and signed Signature Form 
  • Clearly label the CD with the following information:
    • Project address and Assessor's Parcel Number
    • Name and address of consultant preparing the report
    • Space to add the Project Number (e.g., Planning File: ______)
  • Applications, Forms, and Fees