Under the Coastal Act, the Commission works to ensure that new overnight lodging in the coastal zone provides for a range of affordability and that existing lower cost overnight facilities are protected. Lower cost lodging for visitors to stay near the coast most commonly include hotels, motels, hostels, cabins, and campgrounds. Protecting, encouraging, and providing lower cost lodging helps provide equitable coastal public access and recreation for people of all income levels. This webpage provides resources for visitors looking for lower cost lodging in the coastal zone, and resources for local governments and permit applicants looking for guidance on Local Coastal Program policies and Coastal Development Permits related to overnight lodging.

Resources for the Public

Learn about where you can find lower cost lodging in the coastal zone

Resources for Local Governments​

Learn about how to address lower cost lodging in Local Coastal Programs

Resources for Developers​

Learn about how to meet Coastal Act requirements for lower cost lodging

Important Links

News, Important Dates & Upcoming Events

  • State Coastal Conservancy Hosts Webinar on How to Apply for Explore the Coast Overnight Grant Funding

    In September 2023, the State Coastal Conservancy hosted a webinar on how to access and apply for their grant funding, including for lower cost overnight accommodation projects. A recording on the webinar can be found here. Slides from the webinar here. A Q&A document from the webinar here, and the chat transcript here.

  • State Coastal Conservancy Completes Explore the Coast Overnight Assessment

    As directed by AB 250 (2017), the State Coastal Conservancy completed its study titled Explore the Coast Overnight: An Assessment of Lower-Cost Coastal Accommodations. The intent of the study is to identify barriers to accessing lower cost overnight accommodations, identify potential criteria to use for prioritizing funding of lower cost overnight accommodation projects, and identify potential funding sources and opportunity sites for lower cost overnight accommodation projects.

  • AB 250 Passes: Amends the Coastal Act and Facilitates Lower Cost Overnight Accommodation Projects

    The Governor signed AB 250 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) into state law on October 15, 2017. The bill requires the State Coastal Conservancy to develop and implement a lower cost coastal accommodations program that improves existing and develops new lower cost accommodations within 1.5 miles of the coastline. The bill also amends the Coastal Act by adding Section 30607.8, which authorizes the Commission to reassign in-lieu mitigation fees for lower cost overnight projects that remain unspent after seven years.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about lower cost coastal lodging as it relates to the Coastal Commission’s work, please contact StatewidePlanning@coastal.ca.gov