When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Malibu. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the city directly.
Short-term rental regulations
The Malibu City Council passed the Short-Term Rental Ordinance, effective January 15, 2021. It requires owners of short-term rentals to obtain a permit, with annual renewal. Unregistered listings face high fines ($1000 per day or twice the advertised daily rate) and may become ineligible to apply for a permit.
Step 1: Submit Application. This process can be completed fully online or via mail. As part of the application, you must provide proof of ownership (i.e., Grant Deed and operating agreement if applicable) and a $294 fee.
Step 2: Mail Signed Attestation Page. Mail the initialed and signed attestation page to the City of Malibu Short-Term Rental Permit Program (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265).
Step 3: Input Your Permit Number. Once you receive your permit number from the City, include it in your listing advertisements.
On November 3, 2020, Malibu voters approved Measure T to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax paid by hotel and other lodging guests from 12% to 15%. This rate will be effective January 1, 2021.
It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
Our commitment to your community
We’re committed to working with local officials to clarify how local rules impact the short-term rental community. We will continue to advocate for changes that will enable people to share their homes.