Permit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Each event is so unique and special that there are bound to be questions not listed here. However, over the years we have built a list of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

How do I apply for a permit?

Requests for permits are taken by phone and/or e-mail in the order received. Leave a voice message and your call will be returned.

What do I need to have ready before I call / e-mail the park?

Dates, times, number of hours, total number of people, any activities I want to have (games, moon-bounce, etc.), what type of deliveries; food services / catering, decorations, equipment, and most importantly, the location.

If I am photographing a friend / family member do I need a permit?

Taking pictures as part of your vacation or family outing is encouraged always. However, taken photographs for compensation requires a permit.

How is the cell phone coverage?

Being that you will be located in a national park, cell-phone coverage can be spotty and unreliable.

Can I get wireless internet?

No, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area does not provide wireless internet access.

Do you have a business center that I can use (fax machine, copy machine, computers, etc.)?

No, the use of government facilities and equipment is not permitted under federal law.

Do you have a kitchen, mess area, or other food services prep area?

No, however it is encouraged that you use a caterer that has a familiarity with the site before you apply for your permit.

I'm not sure if I can have my event / activity in the national park. Can you still help me out?

Feel free to call or e-mail us. Remember, we're here to help.

Hey Ranger, you forgot to answer my question on your list. How can I talk to you?

You can call or e-mail the Permit Office by visiting the Permit Contacts page by clicking here.

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