Current Rebuild Status
Visit MalibuCity.org/RebuildStats 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.
Steps for Rebuilding Your Property
Before you get too far into rebuild design or the permit application process, follow the steps (as applicable) to prepare your property for rebuilding.
- Complete the Debris Removal process.
- Clean your pool using the recommended guidelines and apply for a Pool Discharge Permit to discharge pool water into the Civic Center Water Treatment Facility.
- Get your utilities back online. Contact utility companies to reestablish service.
- Inspect your onsite wastewater treatment system (septic system) – this is required for both Permanent and Temporary Housing Permits.
- Install temporary structures, if desired.
While your site is being cleaned and prepared for rebuilding, gather information that may influence your design choices and hire the teams:
- What type of rebuild is best for you? View Woolsey Fire Rebuild Development Options to help you decide.
- A Design Professional can help you prepare and rebuild.
- Research your permit history before submitting an application to determine which structures were legally permitted and eligible for replacement.
- Design for the future. Find information on rebates and incentives and the Malibu Smart program.
- Prepare for Submittal - consult with reviewing agencies and departments
- Submit Your Application - find the best option for rebuilding
- Find information specific to Transfer of Ownership of a Woolsey affected property
- Property owners must complete a Rebuild Option Acknowledgement form and submit to Planning
The Planning Department and Environmental Sustainability Department (ESD) are available to assist residents as they complete the applications and forms needed to permit debris removal, the installation of temporary housing and erosion control devices, and the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged homes.
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, then move onto Building Safety for review of your project. Prior to obtaining permits, your project may also need review by Public Works, Environmental Health, and/or Geology.
Obtain zoning approval from the Planning Department. Review the various options for rebuilding. Zoning rules primarily deal with where a structure can be placed on a site, its square footage and its height, among other things.
Obtain approval from the Environmental Sustainability Department. Plan check and permits are required before starting any work. The building code specifies how a structure is actually constructed, such as materials and methods.
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.
6. 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!