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?
Did You Know?
Comprising 153,075 acres, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the world's largest urban national park. It has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26), including the notable 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills, than any other unit in the National Park System.