Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Special Park Use Permits
Additional information on specific special events can be found on their permit applications. If you are unable to download an application, we are happy to send you one via fax, email, or hard copy.
Types of Permits
GGNRA grants permits for special uses such as cultural programs, picnics, wedding ceremonies, festivals, athletic events, film and photography projects, etc. Click here for park maps.
When your application is under review, the Office of Special Park Uses will look at multiple criteria, including whether or not there is a meaningful association between the park and the event, and how the event contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park.
Information on this page is for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Fort Point, Crissy Field and Baker Beach) and San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. We do not issue permits for the Presidio Trust, state parks such as Mt. Tamalpias and Angel Island, San Francisco city parks such as Marina Green and Golden Gate Park, or the Fort Mason Center.
Alcatraz Overnight Application
Alcatraz Event Application
Ash Scattering Permit Application
Beach Fires Permit Application
Event Permit Application
Film and Photography Permit Application
Large Film Permit Application
Temporary Food Event Permits (TFE)
The permit office cannot accept checks, cashier's checks, or money orders for payment. All permits must be paid by credit card. If you do not have a credit card, please contact the permitting office before submitting your application. Final payment cost will be determined after we receive your permit application. Below are the four types of fees you may need to pay.
Application fee: $50 to $1000. Due before your event is reserved on our calender. This is non-refundable and does not guarantee that you can have your event in the GGNRA.
Permit fee: $175 to $10,000. Your application fee goes towards this cost.
Management fee: $90/hour with a four (4) hour minimum. This covers Park Ranger or US Park Police time.
Cost Recovery Definitions
Permit Cost Schedule
Large events and film projects require a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of one million dollars.
Three parties must be named as additionally insured:
Golden Gate National Recreation AreaContact Information
Please understand that we write over 1,000 permits per year, and are usually quite busy. Filling out the application form and sending it in is the fastest way to begin planning your event. Permit applications, certificates of insurance, and correspondence to anyone in the Office of Special Park Uses may be faxed to (415) 561-4305. The Office of Special Park Uses is located on the San Francisco Bay in Fort Mason at the intersection of Bay and Franklin. You may pick up your permits at our office in building 204. Additionally, you may pick up permits in building 201 next door or we can e-mail or fax them to you.
If your event or film shoot covers more than one location, you need only write to one permit specialist. Email is the best way to reach anyone in the office. Please be sure to include the size of your event, date and location in your email.
Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, or have speech disabilities may utilize the following Federal Relay Service Numbers:
(800) 877-8339 Federal Relay Service
(800) 877-6280 VCO
(800) 877-8982 Speech to Speech
(800) 845-6136 Spanish
(866) 893-8340 TeleBraille
Thank you for your interest in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a unit of your National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Studies in the Franciscan Complex in the San Francisco area were instrumental in providing scientists with an understanding of subduction processes and their geologic results.