Coastal Health District

Environmental Health

Hotel/Motel Accommodations

Tourist accommodations are regulated and inspected by public health to minimize illnesses and injuries associated with unsanitary or hazardous conditions. As with food service establishments, we investigate and respond to all health related complaints.
For more information on tourist accommodations, click here.

Effective immediately, Verification of Residency for Public Benefits affidavits must be collected from operators/owners of all new facilities that require permits from the state of Georgia or a specific county. This includes Food Service, Tourist Accommodations, Body Art, and Public Swimming Pools that operate for a fee. These forms must be submitted with the respective permit application and notarized. The affidavit can be downloaded here: GC09008B Public Benefits Affidavit

To open a hotel:
Download a copy of the Tourist Accommodations Rules and Regulations (version 290-5-18).

New Tourist Accommodations Rules and Regulations, Chapter 511-6-2 (Effective January, 2014):
511-6-2 Tourist Accommodations

Rules and Regulations Tourist Accommodations Chapter 511-6-2 Brochure:
Tourist Accommodations Brochure

General Information on Amended Tourist Accommodation Rules and Regulations:
Tourist Accommodations Amended Information

Download the Georgia Department of Public Health Tourist Accommodation Application here: DPH Tourist Accommodation Application

Each county has a different application process and fee structure. Contact the Environmental Health Office in your community after visiting your local Planning and Zoning office.

Don't let the bedbugs bite!
Click here to download the state's bedbug brochure to learn more about inspection, prevention, and control of these pesky pests.