Operating Permit Program


Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) practitioners working within city limits are required to register with the City. Find the application forms and current list of registered professionals online.

City permits are required to construct and operate a new onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS). For all existing OWTS, operating permits must be obtained when a property is sold. For commercial and multifamily OWTS, renewable operating permits are required.

Environmental Health staff assists property owners with requirements for the operation and maintenance of onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS). 

The City aims to protect public health and safety, the environment, and water quality. Guidelines and policies are provided to ensure safe and effective wastewater treatment and disposal. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers useful Septic System Maintenance tips for homeowners.

Malibu Municipal Code Section 15.44 was amended in 2008 to include Chapter 15.44.070. A procedure was established requiring operating permits and Point of Sale inspections for OWTS, commonly known as septic systems.


Malibu Municipal Code15.44 was amended in 2017 to establish additional measures to identify and correct failed onsite wastewater treatment systems. The changes include criteria for submittal of a Septage Pumping Report, a definition of excessive pumping, and procedures for corrective action.