Fee Waiver & Deadlines

Important Deadlines

City Council approved several measures to assist property owners with rebuilding. Visit the City’s Rebuild Help Desk during normal business hours to discuss your project or email ACruz@malibucity.org to schedule an appointment.

  • June 30, 2020 - Fee Waiver Deadline: City Council approved refunds and fee waivers for qualifying property owners
  • Rebuilding Non-conforming Structures Deadline: To rebuild previously permitted fire damaged or destroyed dwellings and structures that may not meet current zoning standards (eg. square footage, maximum height, setbacks, parking): 

City Fee Waiver

On June 24, 2019, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 19-30 authorizing the waiving of fees from November 8, 2018 through June 30, 2020. At its Regular meeting on February 24, 2020, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 20-10 to replace Resolution 19-30”. Resolution 20-10 clarifies the requirements and limitations. The City is waiving all City rebuilding fees for properties that are being rebuilt as a like-for-like or like-for-like plus 10% rebuild and were used as a primary residence by the property owner as of November 8, 2018. Eligible waived fees also include fees required for replacement or upgrade of onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS), damaged or destroyed accessory structures, hardscaping, and landscaping. Eligible rebuilding fees that have been already been paid may qualify for a refund.

Proof of Ownership and Primary Residency

Property owners are eligible for a fee waiver if the property that was destroyed or damaged by the Woolsey Fire was their primary residence as of November 8, 2018. All applicants requesting a fee waiver are required to submit in person a completed Affidavit of Ownership and Primary Residency, and provide photo identification and documentation of primary residency that will be reviewed by City staff. To document primary residency, applicants may submit an active voter registration, a valid drivers license, or other government-issued documentation with the property owner’s name and the address of the property that was damaged or destroyed by the Woolsey Fire. 

Fee Refunds

Property owners who paid fees prior to the adoption of the Fee Waiver ordinance are eligible to apply for a refund of City fees. All applicants requesting a refund must submit a Refund Request Form and demonstrate primary residency through the in-person submittal of a completed Affidavit of Ownership and Primary Residency. (Download a complete Fee Refund Application Packet

If you have questions about the fee waiver or refund process, contact Aundrea Cruz, Contract Planner, at acruz@malibucity.org or 310-456-2489, ext. 379. The refund check will be mailed to the original payer of record within four weeks of the refund request.


At its Regular meeting on July 23, 2019, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution to Waive Waterworks District 29 Fees, for fire rebuilds that will not use more water than what was previously used.