Update During COVID-19 Pandemic:
Cabrillo National Monument requires 21 business days’ notice to process any and all permit requests.
Scattering of Ashes
Cabrillo National Monument is certainly a beautiful place that has touched many hearts. On occasion, visitors have wanted to memorialize a loved one who has passed away by scattering their ashes, and we certainly understand that sentiment, unfortunately due to Cabrillo National Monument's natural terrain and historical features it does not lend itself to lawfully abiding by California State Law nor the federally enforced Clean Water Act and we are unable to permit these types of requests.
If you do decide to request such a Memorial Service to be held at Cabrillo National Monument, please be aware that there are some rules that must be observed and a permit application must be submitted.
Fill out and E-mail your Permit application. A non-refundable $100 application fee is required and payable by credit/debit only. Completed applications for Special Use Permits must be received by the park. To make credit/debit card payments call 619-523-4272.
All completed applications must be E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the following address:
Cabrillo National Monument
Please keep in mind that a permit request is just a request until you have received official confirmation from Park Staff.
- $200 scattering ashes without a permit (CFR 2.62)
- $100 violation of terms of permit (CFR 2.62)
- $200 disposing of refuse improperly (CFR 2.14)
- $150 trespassing on property not open to the public (CFR 2.31)
Last updated: February 3, 2022