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There are two main types of onsite wastewater treatment systems - conventional and advanced. Conventional systems include a primary tank and distribution of effluent from the tank to the dispersal area. Advanced systems incorporate treatment tanks with devices and disinfection which treats wastewater to a higher degree than conventional systems.
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The City of Malibu utilizes OnBase, a specialized software product that allows for the scanning and storage of City documents, as well as easy access to those documents by City staff and the public.
You can report flows into the storm drain system (or onto any public street) online or call 310-456-CITY (456-2489) ext. 311.
All onsite wastewater treatment systems (septic systems) in the City must have a permit to ensure they comply with building standards and environmental protection. Operating Permits are valid for the following types of systems: Residential (conventional) 5 years; Residential (advanced) 3 years; Commercial & Multi-Family 2 years.The City shall issue an operating permits when:1. Prior to a purchase or change in ownership2. Repair, modification, replacement, and/or upgrade3. Construction of new onsite wastewater treatment system4. Failing system
Email ESD Staff or call 310-456-2489, ext. 390
Find a City Registered Inspector or other registered practitioners such as Designers, Maintenance providers and Installers.
Environmental Health forms and fees are available online.
An upgrade of the OWTS may be required for any alteration, modification, remodel, or repair of any structure on the property that involves the addition of bedroom equivalents or plumbing fixture units which increases the wastewater load to the existing OWTS. In addition, an upgrade may be required for any modification to an existing onsite wastewater treatment system (septic system or an inspection of the OWTS shows that the system is failing, an upgrade may be required to protect the environment, and public health.
For any new OWTS in Malibu, a coastal development permit (CDP) from the Planning Department is required. A list of City Registered OWTS Designers is available online.
In 2010, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted Resolution No. R-4-2009-007, a Basin Plan Amendment to the State Water Code to
“Prohibit On-Site Wastewater Disposal Systems in the Malibu Civic Center Area.” The City's Policy for Environmental Health Review of Development Projects within the Civic Center Prohibition Area includes the boundaries of the prohibition area (Exhibit A).