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Park Use Permits and Applications

The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department operates and maintains a diverse and valued park system that includes more than 40,000 acres of developed and undeveloped park land as well as joint use and open land.

Whether you are planning a picnic, birthday party, baby shower, wedding or other event, San Diego parks and facilities offer the perfect place.

you are interested in an event at our facilities, you may contact a staff member for assistance. Staff telephone numbers can be found in our Park Facilities Map.

All permits and facility rentals are subject to availability. Fees are required in most rentals and are determined by the current City of San Diego Fee Schedule.

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Group Events

Events at Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park, Presidio Park and Shoreline Parks

If you are interested in having a wedding, large picnic or special event in Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park, Presidio Park, or one of our Shoreline Parks, you will need to obtain a permit from the permit center located in the Balboa Park
Administration Building, 2125 Park Boulevard

The permit center is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Recorded information is available at (619) 235-1169 or email My Park.

Applications are available below in PDF format which you can fill out in advance and bring with you to the permit center.

Please view the General Park Use Permit Rules and Regulations.

Please note, we do not issue permits for City Holidays (PDF) . Additionally, we do not issue new Special Event Permits for Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park, and Shoreline Beaches and Parks during the moratorium period of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Happy News for Brides and Grooms

We are happy to announce we are issuing permits for wedding sites a year in advance for designated wedding ceremony sites in Balboa Park and the Shoreline Parks and Beaches.

The opening day for permits will be the first working Monday of each month with all dates available for that month.

We hope that by taking this step, it will allow brides/grooms and all participants to fully enjoy the happiest time of their lives. Please call the Permit Center at 619-235-1169 for more information.

Park Use Availability

We now offer enhanced information about our permit sites which can be found via our City Map or by a listing of Best Sites for weddings, picnics, indoor events or classrooms.

Events at Community, Neighborhood, Mini-parks and Lake Grounds

The City of San Diego offers more than 300 community and neighborhood parks for your enjoyment. If you would like to hold an event at one of these locations, please visit our community parks permit page for more information.

Mission Bay Mooring and Beach Bar Permits

Park and Recreation Developed Regional Parks Division issues permits for two types of long term boat storage on Mission Bay - moorings and beach bars.

Permits are issued for a period of one calendar year beginning March 1st.

For further information contact:
City of San Diego
Park and Recreation Department
Developed Regional Parks Division
2125 Park Blvd.
San Diego CA 92101

Other Permits for Balboa Park

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Athletic Area Use Permits
Outdoor Entertainment Permits

Information on how to obtain a permit and the rules/regulations are available in the Balboa Park Entertainer Program Brochure (PDF) .

Balboa Park Alternate Form of Transportation Right of Entry Permit (Pedi Cabs)

Balboa Park Pedicab permits are issued by lottery on the first Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Late arrivals will not be issued a permit.

  • Lottery Location
    Balboa Park Administration Building, 2125 Park Boulevard (Park Blvd. at Inspiration Point Way). Meet at the rear of the building, outside door #1.
  • Permit Fee
    Permits cost $49 per month and are valid within Balboa Park only. Only cash or money order are accepted as payment.
    Balboa Park Pedicab Permits are non-transferable.
  • What to Bring
    In order to successfully obtain a permit you must have the following items with you at the time of the lottery:
    • City of San Diego Pedicab Operator's Permit and a City of San Diego Pedicab decal on the Pedicab.
    • Valid photo identification (i.e. State Driver's License or passport)
    • The Pedicab must be available for a visual inspection. Bring it with you to the lottery.

For more information, contact the Park Ranger office at: 619-235-1122.

For general Park & Recreation Department information, see the Frequently Asked Questions,call 619-525-8213 or use the My Park web comment form.