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:

  • No permit holders at this time

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. 

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 dogs).

  • 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.

Resources

Temporary Park Access Permit (formerly 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 ***
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. New Fee Schedule [PDF] 

Notable changes for 2021:

  1. Encroachment Permits are now called Temporary Park Access (TPA) Permits.
  2. All TPA permits, amendments and extensions will require a $100 application fee due at the time of submission.
  3. TPA Permits may be subject to review, inspection, coordination and/or temporary park use fees.
  4. TPA Permits may require a deposit prior to issuance.
  5. Electronic payment will be required for all TPA Permit fees and deposits.

Processing Time
Due to an increase in inquiries and permit applications, processing time for Temporary Park Access permit requests is 30 days. More complicated requests may take up to 60 days to process. Please plan accordingly.

Review Period
The review period for permit applications is two weeks. The review period begins when a complete application is submitted.

Instructions for Applying for a Temporary Park Access Permit
The following items MUST BE INCLUDED with your application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed:

  1. Fully completed application form, with full description of project: Temporary Park Access Permit Application [PDF]
  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.
  4. Confirmation of paid $100 application fee: » Secure E-Payment Portal
  5. For Temporary Park Access Permits that involve ground disturbance, tree and/or brush removal also include:
    1. Nesting Bird Survey (February 1 to August 31)
    2. Biological Constraints Report
    3. Cultural Restraints Report
  6. Send all of the above in one email to: accesspermit@ebparks.org 

Instructions for Requesting an Amendment or Extension to a Temporary Park Access Permit
The following items MUST BE INCLUDED with your request. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed:

  1. Fully completed application form, with full description of and changes in scope or dates. Request for Amendment or Extension of TPA Permit [PDF]
  2. Updated insurance documents (See application for minimum insurance requirements)
  3. Maps and/or KMZ files showing the new location of the project and any new access routes you are requesting to use. Do not send latitude and longitude coordinates without a map and KMZ file.
  4. Confirmation of paid $100 application fee: » Secure E-Payment Portal
  5. For Temporary Park Access Permits that involve ground disturbance, tree and/or brush removal also include:
    1. Nesting Bird Survey (February 1 to August 31)
    2. Biological Constraints Report
    3. Cultural Restraints Report
  6. Send all of the above in one email to: accesspermit@ebparks.org 
    Reference your TPA permit number in the subject line.

Fee Payment
All fees and deposits may be paid using our secure e-payment portal.
Be sure to include your provided Temporary Park Access Permit (if known) number so we can track your payment.
» Secure E-Payment Portal

Film and Photography Permit

A Film or Photography Permit is required for film and photography done for commercial purposes or otherwise falls outside of normal park use in the East Bay Regional Park District.

Film/Commercial Photography Permits: Used for filming, photography, or videotaping of print ads, commercials, movies, videos, PSAs, etc. The current fees for a Film/Commercial Photography permit are $1,250 for a full day of filming (8+ hours), $750 for a half day (5-7 hours), or $165 per hour.

Individual/Portrait Photography Permits (Annual Photo 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 letter from the school and valid student ID must be submitted with the application to be eligible for the Student Permit Fee Waiver.

Film and Photography Permit fees are subject to change. Additional fees may also apply 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 and Photography Permits can be issued three weeks after receipt of the completed application and insurance documents, so it is highly recommended you submit the application at least one month in advance.

To apply for a Film/Photography Permit:

1. Application: Fill out the EBRPD Film and Photo Shoot Pre-Approval Request Form and Permit Application HERE.

2. Insurance: Review the insurance requirements HERE. Insurance documents should be emailed to FilmPhotoPermits@ebparks.org

a. For Film & Commercial Photo Shoot Permits, it is recommended you obtain pre-approval for the shoot before submitting your insurance documents in case your shoot request is denied.

b. For new Annual Photo Permits, you may submit your insurance documents at the time of the permit application before obtaining pre-approval for your first photo shoot.

c. For current Annual Photo Permits, insurance must be kept current for the permit to remain valid.

d. For Student Film & Photography Permits, if your school is not able to provide the required insurance with your name and shoot dates, then you must provide your own insurance which meets the requirements.

3. Payment: Credit card (MC or Visa) payment is preferred, and you will be contacted upon approval of the permit to make payment. Invoices and W-9 forms can be requested to be issued if required for payment.

4. For Current Annual Photo Permits: Please also use the Pre-Approval Request Form to request pre-approval for each subsequent photo shoot, even after obtaining your permit, at least two weeks in advance.

Please note that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS aka “drones”), pyrotechnics, and weapons are prohibited by EBRPD Ordinance 38.

For Media filming/photography inquiries, please contact our Public Information Office at PublicInformation@ebparks.org.

For Regional Parks Botanic Garden photo shoots, a reservation is required – please contact the Botanic Garden at (510) 544-3165.

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

An EBRPD 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

Inflatable/interactive play equipment is not permitted at this time.

"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 September 1 and May 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

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

Scattering of Cremated Remains Permit

In November 2005, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors approved a policy to allow the scattering of cremated remains in the Regional Parks. The guidelines are intended to ensure that the scattering complies with all State of California Health and Safety codes. Please review the EBRPD Cremated Remains Policy.

To obtain a permit:

  1. Complete the application, which should include a map and documentation from the mortuary or crematorium. Return the completed application to reservations@ebparks.orgApplication for Scattering Cremated Remains [PDF]
  2. The application will be sent to the Park Supervisor to review and approve.
  3. Once the application has been approved, the Reservations Department will contact you to collect payment for the $50 permit fee. Payment can be made with a Visa/Mastercard. Check payments are also accepted but must be received at least 15 days before permitted date.

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 90 days prior to the event.  Repeat events must submit application AT LEAST 60 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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