Dark Sky Ordinance

Dark sky ordinance


The City Council unanimously approved the Dark Sky Ordinance in April 2018 (effective October 15, 2018). The ordinance regulates outdoor lighting through the adoption of comprehensive, citywide outdoor lighting standards into Title 17 (Zoning) of the Malibu Municipal Code. The ordinance aims to:

  • Provide safe and effective levels of outdoor lighting;
  • Curtail light pollution to preserve enjoyment of the nighttime sky and the City’s rural environment;
  • Avoid impacts to wildlife and natural habitats; and 
  • Promote the City’s goal of conserving energy and natural resources.


  • Outdoor light fixtures must be fully shielded and directed downward
  • Outdoor light fixtures must not exceed 850 lumens
  • Maximum Kelvin temperature of 3000 K
  • Also included are requirements for motion detectors, string lights, and allowable light trespass from property lines, as well as additional lighting requirements based on zoning districts

What you need to know - Outdoor Lighting Basics