Building in the ‘Bu: Navigating the Malibu Zoning Code

Now available in major online bookstores: “Building in the ‘Bu: Navigating the Malibu Zoning Code.”

Building in the Bu: Navigating the Malibu Zoning Code

Available in print, PDF, and digital at Lulu and for Kindle at Amazon.

“Building in the ’Bu: Navigating the Malibu Zoning Code” addresses the process of building a home in Malibu, from what code(s) are applicable for a given project, to how to deal with older homes that no longer meet current codes, to the actual submittal and plan review process. Flow charts and decision trees are included to help a reader decide where in the planning and permitting process their dream home lies.
Finally, as author and Malibu architect Lester Tobias writes: “After laying out all the pitfalls, trials and tribulations of the process, I give the reader a reason to not be daunted, and to go boldly where plenty of homeowners have gone before.”

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“Building in the ‘Bu: Navigating the Malibu Zoning Code” gives home builders and building professionals an in-depth look at the Malibu Zoning Code and its various forms and complications, and how to navigate the permitting process.

With this book you will:

  • Learn the history of the various Malibu zoning codes
  • Get detailed charts that will help you quickly know what code to use
  • Get explanations on grandfathering, nonconforming structures, septic rules and other complex issues
  • Know how to actually get a permit to build your dream home 

Malibu architect Lester Tobias has been designing homes and commercial buildings for more than 30 years.

His projects encompass a wide range of project type, sizes, and styles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of California Los Angeles. His undergraduate studies focused on Resource Conserving Architecture and Architectural History.

Prior to opening Tobias Architecture in 1986, Mr. Tobias worked with many of Southern California’s premier architects, including Frank O. Gehry, Charles Moore, Buzz Yudell, and Barton Phelps.

A longtime resident of Malibu, California, Mr. Tobias currently serves on the city’s Environmental Review Board, Architects and Engineers Committee, and Green Building Committee.

He has built residential homes for such celebrities as  Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Donald Sutherland, and Gary Oldman.

However, his work is not limited to residential design. Tobias has worked on small commercial projects throughout Malibu, and he recently completed the Brendan Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Mudd Library Renovation for Harvard-Westlake School. His latest commercial venture, the Michael Kohn Gallery, is a highly anticipated addition to the burgeoning gallery district in Hollywood.


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