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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Homeowners Urged to Be Aware of Woolsey Fire Fee Waiver Deadlines

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During its meeting on Monday, February 24, 2020, the Malibu City Council clarified the deadline for homeowners who lost properties during the 2018 Woolsey Fire to apply for permit fee waivers and urged homeowners to be aware of the fee waiver deadlines. 

On June 24, 2019, the City Council authorized the waiving of building permit fees from November 8, 2018 (the day the Woolsey Fire started) through June 30, 2020 for “like-for-¬like” and “like-for-¬like” plus 10%. The fee waivers were retroactive and applicable to homes that were primary residences at the time of the fire. 

The updated fee waiver requirements state that an application for fee waivers must be received by June 30, 2020; all required Planning Department applications for the project must be deemed complete by June 30, 2020; and all required building permits must be pulled by December 30, 2020. 

The City will not issue a building permit after December 30, 2020 unless all fees have been paid. No new fee waivers will be granted after December 30, 2020. 

The Council also clarified that fee waivers are not transferable. If a waiver is obtained, a Certificate of Occupancy will only be issued to the property owner who filed the affidavit establishing primary residence at the time of the Woolsey Fire with the City. All fees that were waived must be paid to the City before a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued to an owner other than the one listed on the fee waiver.

For more information about fee waivers or any rebuild assistance, contact the Fire Rebuild Team at acruz@malibucity.org or call 310-456-2489.

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