Dark Sky Ordinance

Dark Sky enforcement has been put on hold by Council. The requirements are still in effect for existing commercial properties, but the enforcement timeline has not been determined by Council.

Benefits of Dark Sky include: reducing energy, conserving natural resources, and decreasing light pollution and the negative impacts on wildlife and their habitats.

Effective October 15, 2020, businesses and other non-residential establishments in commercial and recreational zones must comply. 


Effective October 15, 2018, the Dark Sky Ordinance regulates outdoor lighting through the addition of comprehensive, citywide outdoor lighting standards into Title 17 (Zoning) of the Malibu Municipal Code, Chapter 17.41.

In 2013, the City Council enacted a citywide outdoor lighting ordinance that was created with assistance from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The IDA is a United States-based non-profit organization started in 1988 by astronomers in an effort preserve the nighttime environment and reduce light pollution.


  • 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