Steps to Rebuilding Together


The City of Los Angeles announced guidance on COVID-19 safety for construction sites based on the Interim CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and other publications. All construction sites in Malibu are urged to follow this guidance. View City of LA Notice.

1. Prepare Your Plans


Rebuild Project staff can help gather information that may influence your design choices and explain which process will work best for you and your property.

Visit the City’s Rebuild Help Desk during normal business hours to discuss your project or email to schedule a free appointment with a senior planner.


The City is offering a Building Plan Check Coordination Service to assist property owners whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the Woolsey Fire. A Rebuild Coordinator will assist applicants with obtaining documentation from City departments to confirm that project paperwork is ready for submittal. Property owners and design professionals can work with the Rebuild Coordinator to ensure permit applications contain all required items in order to avoid delays in the review process.

  • Check in at the City’s Rebuild Help Desk during normal business hours or email to make an appointment.
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

2. Obtain Permits

Prior to obtaining permits, review your project with City departments and outside agencies. All proposed work must be permitted by the City through a two-step process to comply with the City’s zoning and building codes. Start with Planning for zoning approval, then move onto Building Safety for project review. City staff is available to assist residents before and during project review.

  1. Zoning Code Approval
  2. Building Code Approval

Zoning codes primarily deal with where a structure can be placed on a site, its square footage and its height, among other things. Meet with City staff and review the various rebuild options in order to determine which Planning application is the right fit.

The City is offering a free pre-submittal consultation to property owners whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Woolsey Fire. No plans or designs are necessary before scheduling this meeting.

Visit the Rebuild Help Desk at City Hall to discuss your project. Email to schedule your free appointment with a senior planner to discuss or submit your project.

  • Location: Malibu City Hall, Rebuild Help Desk in the upstairs lobby
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. To make an appointment, email

3. Construction and Inspections


The California State Department of Consumer Affairs maintains an online tool to Check a Contractor License

This residential Construction Type V Sheet is to make quick processing of your application, useful in avoiding code compliance problems during construction, and efficient in keeping you, your family, and/or client safe and healthy during construction. Residents interested in more complex rebuild options can find additional Building Safety forms and information.


Request your inspection with the convenient online scheduling system or call 310-456-2489, ext. 312. Inspection requests made online will receive a confirmation number via email.

Inspectors must be allowed access to the property between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

4. Move In

During construction, inspections will be made to ensure your home is being built to plan and will be safe to live in. After passing final inspection, a certificate of occupancy will be issued and you can move in!


Visit to view the most up-to-date statistics related to Woolsey Fire single-family rebuild projects, with numbers of projects in Planning Review all the way to Completed Homes, as well as the various types of projects and numbers of permits issued.