Permits

Some activities in the Park District require a permit.

Beer and Wine Permit

A fee of $25 will be charged for a beer & wine permit in parks where alcohol is restricted to reserved picnic areas. For information call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2, and then 1. Please click HERE for park specific rules.

Caterer / Vehicle Access Permit

How do I obtain a permit? 
You must complete all steps at least seven (7) working days before your event in order to receive an approved permit. If you do not complete the process in time, the permit will be cancelled. Vehicle access permits cannot be requested under 7 days. To complete the process: 

  1) Check to make sure your picnic site allows vehicle access.
  2) Call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757) option 2 to purchase a one-day vehicle access permit. 
  3) Pay applicable fee(s).
  4) Meet the insurance requirement.
  5) Provide the vehicle’s make, model and color; the driver’s full name, organization and phone number; and sign, date and return (fax/email/mail) the permit to the Reservations office. 
  6) Contact the Park Supervisor to coordinate access.

Which sites allow vehicle access? 
Vehicle access is available only at selected parks and sites with a picnic reservation.  Download list here: List of Vehicle Accessible Sites (Acrobat PDF). DROP OFF ONLY SITES: Certain sites are designated DROP OFF ONLY: Please check the rules for the specific facility you will be using.  At drop-off sites, vehicles will be allowed in to drop off picnic supplies but they must be removed from the site within 30 minutes.  Vehicles will be allowed back in to load at a prearranged time.

How much does the permit cost? 
One-day permits are $75 with a $25 late fee for less than 15 days notice. Annual permits are $150.

What is the insurance requirement? 
Permittee shall supply a Certificate of General Liability Insurance for coverage of at least $1,000,000.00 per occurrence including automobile liability coverage in the amount of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence. This coverage must be primary and apply to each vehicle being driven to the site. The certificate shall list East Bay Regional Park District, its officers, agents and employees as Additional Insured while Permittee is working in an East Bay Regional Park; the certificate holder address is "EBRPD, ATTN: Reservations Supervisor, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605". 

QUARRY LAKES RESERVATIONS: Requires TWO Certificates of Insurance.
Email both certificates to: reservations@ebparks.org

  • Certificate #1: Permittee shall supply a Certificate of General Liability Insurance for coverage of at least $1,000,000.00 per occurrence including automobile liability coverage in the amount of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence. This coverage must be primary and apply to each vehicle being driven to the site. The certificate shall list East Bay Regional Park District, its officers, agents and employees as Additional Insured while Permittee is working in an East Bay Regional Park. The certificate holder address is EBRPD, ATTN: Reservations Supervisor, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605
  • Certificate #2: Permittee shall supply a Certificate of General Liability Insurance for coverage of at least $1,000,000.00 per occurrence including automobile liability coverage in the amount of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence. This coverage must be primary and apply to each vehicle being driven to the site. The certificate shall list Alameda County Water District as Additional Insured. The certificate holder address is: ACWD 43885 South Grimmer Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538

Do you have a list of approved caterers and vendors? 
Yes! The District's Annual Vehicle Access Permit list reflects the vendors who have submitted proof of insurance to the District and signed our Annual Vehicle Access Agreement. This list does not constitute an endorsement of any particular vendor. You are not required to use an approved vendor; however, if you use someone on this list you are not required to purchase a one-day permit.

List of Current Annual Vehicle Access Permit Holders
CATERERS: If your caterer has a valid Annual Vehicle Access permit from the East Bay Regional Park District, they do not need the One-Day Vehicle Access permit. You must still contact the park supervisor at least seven (7) working days in advance to arrange access. Click on the links below for more information:

How do I apply for an annual vehicle access permit? 
If you own a catering company and would like to apply for the annual permit:
1. Create an account online at EBParks.org/Register (or login to your existing account)
2. Purchase annual vehicle access permit
3. Sign and return permit to Reservations Supervisor at reservations@ebparks.org along with current insurance documents.
4. Questions? Email reservations@ebparks.org or call the Reservations Department - 1-888-327-2757, option 2.

How do I CANCEL or CHANGE my permit? 
The annual vehicle access permit fee is NON-refundable. For one-day permits, refer to the Picnic Cancellation policyPlease keep in mind that picnic areas are outdoors and certain factors are beyond our control. No refunds will be issued for bees, bird droppings, wind or other uncontrollable factors.

Day Camp Operation Permit

Both for-profit and non-profit day camps must have a permit in order to operate in the East Bay Regional Park District. Camps are considered to be "operating" in the East Bay Regional Park District when the park is the primary business location, i.e. kids are dropped off and picked up at the park. A permit is not required for occasional field trips that start or finish at the provider's facilities. Advanced notification is required for swimming.

Fee: $100/summer (June through August*)
*The Special Event Permit fee or the Outside Program Permit fee applies to day camps or other fee-based programs September through May. 
See the Special Event and Use Permit page.

Please contact reservations@ebparks.org  or (510) 544-2540 for more information or to obtain a permit.

2021 Summer Day Camp Operator Permits are available for purchase beginning Monday, November 2, 2020 (10:00am Pacific Time). Permits can be purchased HERE.

Please review the 2021 Day Camp Operator Permit Instructions [PDF] and the 2021 Day Camp Operator Permit Request form [PDF]

Dog Permit

The East Bay Regional Park District has set up a dog permit program for people who walk more than three dogs at a time in the Regional Parks and for commercial (professional) dog walkers. Commercial dog walkers are required to obtain a permit, regardless of how many dogs they walk at one time (limit of six).

  • Private or Non-Profit Dog Walker (Individual): $25
  • Private or Non-Profit Dog Walker (Household): $40
  • Professional Dog Walker (Annual): $350
  • Supplemental Permit (Annual): $200
  • Duplicate Permit (Requires additional photograph of applicants): $15

To purchase a dog permit, call the Public Safety Department at (510) 690-6508.

More information on Dogs and Canines

Encroachment Permit

Due to the orders issued by Alameda County and Contra Costa County Health Departments, the offices of the East Bay Regional Park District are closed to the public until further notice.

****PLEASE NOTE****

  1. Encroachment Permit Department will be closed from December 21, 2020 through January 4, 2021. If you have an urgent need please call (510) 541-9631.
  2. On November 17, 2020 the EBRPD Board of Directors approved the 2021 Consolidated Fee Schedule. The 2021 fee schedule will apply to all applications received on or after January 1, 2021.

Notable changes for 2021:

  1. All Encroachment Permits will require a $100 application fee due at the time of submission.
  2. Encroachment Permits may be subject to review, inspection, coordination and/or temporary park use fees.
  3. Encroachment Permits may require a deposit prior to issuance.
  4. Electronic payment will be required for all Encroachment Permit fees and deposits. A secure payment link and instructions will be provided upon submission of your application.

Processing Time
Due to an increase in inquiries and permit applications, processing time for encroachment permit requests is four to six weeks. More complicated requests may take 90 days or more to process. Please plan accordingly.

Review Period
The review period for permit applications is two to four weeks. The review period begins when a complete application is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Instructions for Applying for an Encroachment Permit
The following items MUST BE INCLUDED with your application:

  1. Fully completed application form, with full description of project.
  2. All required insurance documents (See application for minimum insurance requirements)
  3. Maps and/or KMZ files showing the location of the project and the access route you are requesting to use. Do not send latitude and longitude coordinates without a map and KMZ file.

For encroachments that include ground disturbance, tree and/or brush removal:

  1. Nesting Bird Survey (February 1 to August 31)
  2. Biological Constraints Report
  3. Cultural Restraints Report

To obtain an Encroachment Permit, please download and fill out the application here:
» Encroachment Permit Application [PDF]

Return completed application, all supporting documents and required insurance to:
encroachmentpermits@ebparks.org

Fee Payment
Encroachment Permit fees may be paid using our secure e-payment portal.
Be sure to include your provided Encroachment Permit number so we can track your payment.
» Secure E-Payment Portal

Film (Commercial)/Photography Permit

Due to the Shelter in Place order around the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency and minimal staffing in our office and parks, the Film and Photography Permit Office is CLOSED until further notice. All Film and Photography permits, including Annual Photography Permits, are suspended until further notice. Please note that filming in the Regional Parks without a permit is prohibited by EBRPD Ordinance 38. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please be safe. See latest park news HERE.

Commercial Film/Photography Permits: Used for filming, photography, or videotaping of print ads, commercials, movies, videos, etc. The current fees for a commercial permit are $1,250 for a full day of filming, $750 for a half day, or $165 per hour.

Individual/Portrait Photography Permits: The fee for individual/portrait photography permits is $100. The permit is good for 12 months from the issue date.

Student Permits: A fee waiver may be requested for student photography permits. A valid student ID must be submitted with the application to be eligible for the Student Permit Fee Waiver.

Film fees are subject to change. Additional fees for any of the above may be considered for parking, reservations and park staff time. Liability insurance is required for all permits.

Turnaround time depends on availability, impact to the park, and volume of requests. Generally, film permits can be issued three weeks after receipt of completed application.

To apply for a film permit, download (and save to your PC) the Commercial Film and Photography Permit Application, fill in all of the required fields, save the PDF with a new file name including your name and/or your company name. Return completed application with the fee to East Bay Regional Park District, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605, Attn: Film Permit Liaison or Email to: filmphotopermits@ebparks.org or Fax: (510) 635-3478. Invoices and W-9 forms can be requested to be issued if required for fee payment.

Please note that remote control video aircraft (drones) are prohibited by EBRPD Ordinance 38.

Fishing Access Permit

A California Fishing license is required for anglers, (16+ years of age), to fish all eligible  inland waters, (lakes, ponds and reservoirs) of the East Bay Regional Park District.

An EBRPD Fishing Access Permit, (daily or annual) is required for anglers 16+ years of age at the following lakes/reservoirs: Del ValleContra LomaLake Chabot, (Alameda Co.);  Shadow CliffsTemescalDon Castro, and at Horseshoe and Rainbow lakes in Quarry Lakes.  A Fishing Access Permit is not required to fish the following lakes/reservoirs: Cull Canyon; Jordan Pond in Garin; Lake Anza in Tilden; Shinn Pond on Alameda Creek Trail; or at several District unnamed ponds.

Daily Fishing Permit

A daily fishing access permit, ($5/day), can be purchased at most of the park entry kiosks or from dispensers found at many of the fishing lakes.

Good Neighbor Access Permit

Consistent with the Park District’s Good Neighbor Guidelines:
Contractors or neighbors who want access to cross District land to get to private property for a short period of time (one day to one week) may apply for an Access Permit through the Maintenance Division. [Good Neighbor Guidelines, EBRPD Board Resolution 1993-4-82]

Requests to perform work on Park District land, or to access Park District land for more than one week will need to apply for an Encroachment Permit.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the orders issued by Alameda County and Contra Costa County Health Departments, the offices of the East Bay Regional Park District are closed to the public until further notice.

We continue to process certain Good Neighbor Access Permit applications and permits, as consistent with the direction provided in the county orders. We are striving to continue to operate our services to the extent possible by working remotely, however, please be advised your inquiry may be delayed due to reduced staffing.

The review period is two weeks. The review period begins when a complete application is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Turnaround time is typically 2-3 weeks for a Good Neighbor Access Permit dependent upon availability, impact to the park, and volume of requests.

To apply for a Good Neighbor Access Permit:

  1. Complete the online application [PDF]
  2. Email the completed application and required documents to: encroachmentpermits@ebparks.org

Good Neighbor Access Permit fees may be paid using our secure e-payment portal.
Be sure to include your provided Good Neighbor Access Permit number so we can track your payment.
» Secure E-Payment Portal

Inflatable / Interactive Play Equipment - Rules and Regulations

"Jumpers," "Bounce Houses," or inflatable play equipment are allowed in certain locations with a daily permit. Restrictions apply. Click here for additional information and forms: Additional information and forms.

Metal Detector Permit

A permit is required to use a metal detector in the Regional Parks. Use of metal detectors is limited to beach areas, lawns, and other developed park areas. Metal detecting is NOT allowed at Contra Loma Regional Park or in natural parkland areas, wilderness areas, or regional preserves. There are other restrictions. For more information, and to obtain a permit, please call the Reservations Department at 1-888-327-2757, option 2. This $20 permit is good for 2 years and is non-refundable.

You can also obtain a permit online:

  1. Create an account online at EBParks.org/Register (or login to your existing account)
  2. Purchase Metal Detector permit.
  3. Your permit will be mailed to you within 48 hours of purchase.

Parking Permit

Daily parking permits are available at each parks parking entrance kiosk.

Other Permits (including EBMUD Trail Use Permit)

Outdoor Program Permit Information

Outdoor Program classes and day camps must have a permit in order operate in the East Bay Regional Park District. Day camps and Outdoor program are considered “operating” in the Park District when the park is the primary business location (i.e. participants are dropped off and picked up at the park). Additionally, this permit is required for day camps and outdoor programs that meet four (4) or more days per month for at least two (2) months. In most cases, a permit is not required for occasional field trips.

The Outdoor Program permit is an annual permit valid for all program dates between Jan 1-Memorial Day and Labor Day-Dec 31. If your program is offered in the summer months, you will need to obtain a Summer Day Camp Operator Permit. The cost of the Outdoor Program permit is $400 per year per park.

To begin the permit process, or if you are unsure if your program requires an Outdoor Program permit, please email the Reservations Supervisor at specialeventpermit@ebparks.org with information about your program. You will receive a response within 3-5 business days.

Research Permit

Notice: Thank you for your interest in research at the Park District. In response to the “Shelter in Place” order issued by the Alameda County Health Department; the District will be suspending all non-essential field activities. At this time the District is not processing new research permits and all current permits have been suspended.  More...
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will resume issuing permits and conducting research once it is deemed safe to do so and Park Operations have been reestablished.

To obtain a Research Permit please do one of the following:

Scattering of Cremated Remains Permit

How do I apply for a permit?

A permit is required for scattering of Cremated Remains please see the below list of information. Permits are $50.00. 
To obtain a permit to scatter cremated remains please download How to Obtain a Permit to Scatter Cremated Remains for the specific instructions. 

Also, please download the EBRPD Cremated Remains Policy for the November 1, 2005 policy on scattering of cremated remains on Park District Lands. 

Once you have reviewed the above information please complete the Application for Scattering Cremated Remains 

To make payment you may create an account online to pay with Visa or MasterCard.

Or you may mail a check payable to EBRPD to attn.: Reservations Dept., 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 945618 
Or you may email the reservations department at reservations@ebparks.org to set up a time to make payment over the phone.

Special Event Permit Information

When do you need a Special Event Permit?

Special event permits are required for events such as walkathons, organized training's, athletic competitions, festivals, or other organized activities. In addition to the criteria above, a permit is also required for:

  • Events that are advertised and/or are open to the public
  • Events with a participation fee
  • Events that go beyond the scope of “normal” park use
  • Training runs or walks of 30 or more people
  • Non-EBRPD agencies or individuals sponsoring smaller and/or on-going classes or programs 
  • Events that require partial or exclusive use of an area of the park

If you are not sure if your event requires a special event permit or not, please email the Reservations Supervisor, SpecialEventPermit@ebparks.org with information about your requested activity and she will respond within 2 business days with additional information.

Applications are not available online. To request an application, please include your event date, location and a short description of your request.

Application timeline: New events must submit application AT LEAST 60 days prior to the event.  Repeat events must submit application AT LEAST 45 days prior to the event.  Late event requests will not be accepted.  New or unusual events may require up to 90 days plus Board approval.  You may make a reservation for a special event up to one year in advance. You are encouraged to start planning as early as possible to be sure that your date and location are available and that your application has enough time to be processed. Your application is complete only when the Reservations Department has received your completed application packet with all necessary signatures and proof of insurance, and all fees applicable have been paid.  Your event may be cancelled if your application is not complete 15 days prior to the event.

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