Building in city of Malibu:

The goal of the City of Malibu is to direct growth in a way that reflects the needs and ambitions of its citizens. The General Plan is the fundamental instrument for managing expansion while preserving an attractive, prosperous, and secure environment. It develops rules to carry out the goals and lays forth a vision for what the City should be.

The City of Malibu General Plan analyzes the City’s current situation, including its opportunities and physical, social, cultural, and environmental resources. Creating shared goals, objectives, and programs offers policies to guide development and change by examining trends, challenges, and concerns that impact the region. Updates and amendments will be made regularly to keep the General Plan current and pertinent to the requirements of the City because changes are not always predictable.

The following seven state-mandated components are included in the Malibu General Plan:

  • Land Use Element
  • Conservation Element
  • Open Space and Recreation Element
  • Circulation and Infrastructure Element
  • Safety and Health Element
  • Noise Element
  • Housing Element

The first step in starting a residential or commercial project is consulting the Zoning Ordinance.

  • The zoning ordinance serves the following purposes:
  • To oversee the city’s development and expansion in a way that is coordinated with the city’s environmental and land use rules.
  • To safeguard and improve the quality of the environment.
  • By regulating the placement and use of buildings, structures, and land for residential, commercial, and other designated purposes, to promote public health, safety, and general welfare.
  • By mandating each owner or occupier to keep their property in excellent repair and in accordance with this code’s rules, this measure aims to assure the upkeep of every property in the city.
  • To safeguard and uphold the community’s existing low-density residential character and to maintain the integrity and uniqueness of the residential communities.

The following districts have been established:

The RR Rural Residential district is meant for delicately planned, big lot single-family residential construction, as well as for agricultural activities and animal rearing that respects nearby inhabitants and the surrounding landscape.

The SF Single Family Density Residential District will serve most of the city’s single-family residential parcels. The district’sdistrict’s goal is to preserve low-density residential development while respecting neighboring property owners and the surrounding environment to enhance the neighborhood’s rural qualities.

The MF Multiple Family Density Residential District aims to offer various housing options, from single-family to multiple-family, and residential uses in a moderate density range.

The MFBF Multifamily Beach Front District establishes guidelines for building on beachfront parcels and is designed to accommodate a range of residential options, from single-family to multiple-family dwellings.

The MH Mobilehome district was created to accommodate the city’s current mobile home parks by creating a unique zoning district that allows for their operation and acknowledges their contribution to the city’s diversity of dwelling types.

The CR Commercial Recreational district creates a zone for low-intensity recreational and athletic activities, including tennis, swimming, gymnastics, biking, horseback riding, and boarding of horses and domestic animals, as well as the facilities used for these activities.

The PD Planned Construction District, which lies east of Malibu Bluffs Park and south of Pacific Coast Highway, is expected to accommodate a mix of residential and recreational development consisting of five single-family homes and 1.74 acres of recreational space.

The CN Commercial Neighborhood district is designed to have a low-intensity commercial activity that focuses on offering services to the locals in the neighborhoods around. The district sets guidelines to ensure that the growth pattern and use types remain compatible with neighboring and adjacent residential areas.

The CC Community Comercial district, which is located on parcels of land more suited for focused commercial activity, aims to meet the community’s resident-serving requirements similar to the CN area.

The CV-1 and CV-2 Community Visitor Zones are designed to accommodate lodging facilities, such as hotels and bed and breakfast inns, that preserve the rural character and surrounding environment.

The CG Commercial General District creates a zoning district along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) for commercial purposes. A greater variety of resident and guest serving uses are included.

The zoning Map is found in the Knowledge Center.


City of Malibu – Planning Department:

The Planning Commission consists of five members who are residents of the City of Malibu, each appointed by a City Councilmember to serve a four-year term. Every year, the Commission elects a new Chair and Vice Chair.

The Planning Commission makes judgments and recommendations on planning and land use issues. Applications for planned land use and development, such as conditional use permits (CUPs), coastal development permits (CDPs), and other permits, are approved or rejected as part of their responsibilities.

The first and third Mondays of every month are when the Planning Commission has regular sessions unless the yearly meeting schedule specifies otherwise. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Ten days before each meeting, the agenda is released online.

You may now submit planning applications, as well as updated plans and paperwork for an existing application, online.

Through the planning online submission portal, applicants can:

Obtain the Submittal Checklist and Fee Schedule for New and Revised Submissions, and If necessary, submit a Pre-Submittal Questionnaire.

Request for New Planning Application Submission

Revision of Plans and Documents for an Existing Application: Request (See new protocol below.)

Substantial Conformance Review requests

After receiving your request, staff will give you a submission link so you may upload documents.

To speed up the distribution of updated plans and documentation to City Departments, the Planning Department is putting a new system into place. From now on, applicants, with the exception of the Planning Department, will only be permitted to re-submit updated plans or papers once all Departments have examined the proposal. By using this new process, each Department will perform fewer pointless evaluations, potentially saving time and money for applicants.


City of Malibu – Building and Safety Department:

The Building & Safety Division provides plan review and construction inspection services to set minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property, and the public good by regulating and controlling the construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location, and maintenance of all buildings and structures.


City of Malibu – Public Works Department:

The Public Works Department is in charge of maintaining, repairing, and enhancing the public infrastructure, including streets, traffic signals, city trees, storm drains, stormwater treatment facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, and sidewalks and walkways are part of the public right-of-way. The agency is also responsible for assessment districts and the Capital Improvement Program. The department is in charge of maintaining the City’s fleet of vehicles, issuing licenses, and conducting field inspections for any operations within the public right-of-way.

The Public Works Department examines all new development and redevelopment applications for their potential to affect traffic, FEMA flood hazards, drainage, new land subdivisions (Tract and Parcel Maps, Certificates of Compliance, Lot Mergers, and Lot Line Adjustments), and other improvement plans.