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
Commercial Dog Walking Permit Application
Event Permit Application
Film and Photography Permit Application
Large Film Permit Application
Outdoor Ceremony Permit Application
Picnic 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.
For more specific pricing estimates on events (large and small):
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?
The Ocean Beach Esplanade and Seawall was built during the period 1916 to 1929. Designed by San Francisco’s Chief Engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, the seawall was considered a great engineering feat.