The North Coast District Office will be closed on Friday
August 23rd due to an interruption in electrical service for PG&E maintenance. We will be conducting limited business by phone on Friday. If you are calling about an urgent matter, please dial (707) 338-1227, leave a message with your contact information, and someone will get back to you. For non-urgent matters, please call back or stop by after the office reopens on Monday, August 26th at 8:00am.

Our Mission
Protecting & Enhancing California's Coast


The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.

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Property Owners

Property Owners
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Property owners can apply for a Coastal Development Permit to legally develop their property within the California Coastal Zone

Local Governments

Local Governments
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Many local governments are empowered to issue Coastal Development Permits through Local Coastal Plans

Informed Citizens

Informed Citizens
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Everyone can learn about our coast & how to protect it. Join a beach cleanup, get teacher resources & grants, help out & have fun

California Coastal Trail
California Coastal Trail

California Coastal Trail

Find inspiration in the stories that shaped the iconic California Coastal Trail.


California Coastal Access Guide

California Coastal Access Guide

The fully revised 7th Edition has information on more than 1,150 public access areas.


California Coastal Access Guide
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Whale Tail License Plate
Whale Tail License Plate

Whale Tail® License Plate

Help protect & restore the priceless resources of California's coast & ocean


Beach Wheelchair
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Beach Wheelchair

Access the coast with ease in a free beach wheelchair, available throughout California


Beach Wheelchair
Check the Coast
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Check the Coast

Check the Coast

Donate to the Protect Our Coast & Oceans Fund on your California Tax Form


John "Jack" Ainsworth, 58, came to the Coastal Commission from the private sector in 1989 as a Coastal Program Analyst. Over the past 27 years, he has shouldered a variety of responsibilities including overseeing the South Central and South Coast (LA County) district offices and as the agency's Senior Deputy Director beginning in May 2015. He was appointed Acting Executive Director in March 2016. Ainsworth has a BA in Environmental Studies & Geography and an MSc in Geography from the University of California, Riverside.

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