Surplus Land Act Draft Guidelines

Now accepting public comment

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The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the Surplus Land Act draft guidelines now available for public comment.

What’s the purpose of these guidelines?
One of the challenges in building new affordable homes is acquiring land suitable for housing. In 2019, Governor Newsom took action to address this challenge by signing AB 1486 (Ting, 2019). AB 1486 aims to connect developers who are interested in building more affordable homes to surplus local public land that is both available and suitable for housing development. This law made several changes to the requirements in the Surplus Land Act that local agencies must adhere to when disposing of surplus public land.

Beginning January 1, 2021, local agencies will be required to send, and HCD will be required to review, negotiation summaries for each surplus land transaction in the state. HCD will be also be required to notify local agencies of violations and may notify the Attorney General and assess fines, as necessary. Given the expanded role HCD will assume in implementation, Surplus Land Act Guidelines have been drafted to help local agencies subject to the law understand the new procedures for disposing of surplus land and the new compliance mechanisms adopted to enforce the law.

Who should attend the webinar?
This webinar will help local governments understand the new requirements of the Surplus Land Act law and introduce HCD's draft guidelines to clarify how to meet those requirements.
November 19, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Help shape these draft guidelines:
Public comment period starts November 13, 2020 and ends December 7, 2020

Submit comments to:
For more information, please visit our public lands for affordable housing development webpage.

Questions? Please email