• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Permits

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman was a television show filmed at Paramount Ranch in the 1990's.

The Santa Monica Mountains have been seen in movies, television shows, and even in photos as the backdrop for special events. This shinning star of the Greater Los Angeles can be the setting for your function, activity, or project.

The information found on this page and the corresponding links will assist you in your permit process, but please check with the park for further information or with specific questions.

 
Both Peter Strauss Ranch and Paramount Ranch can be a great venue for a wedding anytime of the year.

Note: This information only applies to areas managed by the U.S. National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For all other areas, you must contact the appropriate land owners

Do I Need a Permit?

The first question visitors commonly ask is, "Do I need a permit?" And the answer has been in our experience that if you think you need one, then you most likely do. Here is a brief list of some of the types of activities that require permits.

- If you want to film a movie
(this includes student films)
- If you want to have a special event such
as a wedding, birthday party, shindig, etc.
- If you want to take photographs for compensation or as part of a business
- If you want to enter a closed building
- Anything that is not normally done in the park

 
Actors playing western characters are sometimes seen during permitted filming at Paramount Ranch.

How Do I Get a Permit?

Before contacting the park it is strongly recommended that you have some information about your special activity. This includes but is not limited to:

Dates, times, total number of people, any activities to be conducted (games, moon-bounce, etc), what type of deliveries (food service, catering, etc), decorations, equipment, and most importantly, the location(s).

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.

You can also check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more by clicking here.

 
Many different events take place at Paramount Ranch during the year such as the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest.

Additional Information

A permit application and certificate of liability insurance for $1,000,000 naming the United States of America / National Park Service as the additionally issued is required for all National Park Service film and photography permits. A non-refundable application fee of $175.00 must be submitted with your application in order to secure a date on the permit calendar.

Restrictions

Photo shoots will not be scheduled during weekdays when commercial filming is taking place.

Filming or photography will not be scheduled on weekends or on government holidays.

Did You Know?

The need for plants used in restoration projects loomed large for many years, but volunteers made it happen.

A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.