Park Use Permits and Applications
December 2011 - We are in the process of updating our web pages and apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact your local recreation center or Developed Regional Parks Permit Center (for Shoreline/Beaches, Mission Bay, and Balboa Park) for further information or for assistance with permit processing.
- Current Park and Recreation Fee Schedule (PDF)
- Events at Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park, Presidio Park and Shoreline Parks
- Events at Community, Neighborhood, Mini-parks and Lake Grounds
- Mission Bay Mooring and Beach Bar Permits
- Other Permits for Balboa Park
- Park Capacity Master List per Municipal Code Chapter 6, Article 3 (PDF)
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 our permit center located in the Balboa Park Administration Building at 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.
- Application and Permit for Park Use (PDF)
- Reservation for Use of Park Space (PDF)
- Modified Special Event Permit Application for Alcohol Consumption in Restricted Areas (PDF)
- Wedding Park Use Permit application (PDF)
- Fiesta Island Youth Camp application (PDF)
Please view the General Park Use Permit Rules and Regulations and 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
Developed Regional Parks is 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.
Developed Regional Parks hopes 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
Events at Community, Neighborhood, Mini-parks and Lake Grounds
The City of San Diego offers over 300 community and neighborhood based parks for patron 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.
Owners of boats up to twenty-five (25) feet in length may apply for permits to use mooring locations in three areas of Mission Bay - San Juan Cove, Santa Barbara Cove, and Mariners Basin. The permit to use an in-water mooring space is non-transferrable, but the physical buoy and tackle are the property of the permit holder.
Mooring Permit Application and Information (PDF)
Long-Term Beach Bar Permits
In several areas west of Ingraham Street, the Park and Recreation Department Developed Regional Parks Division maintains small beach areas where boats may be left overnight. Some beach bars are limited to vessels fourteen (14) feet or fewer in length and eight feet wide. On others, maximum vessel length is seventeen (17) feet.
Beach Bar Permit (14 feet or fewer) application and information (PDF)
Beach Bar Permit (17 feet or fewer) application and information (PDF)
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
Athletic Area Use Permits
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.
- Balboa Park Activity Center Gymnasium: Permit Applications, (619) 235-5997
- Morley Field & Recreation Center: Picnic, Park or Athletic Field Permit Applications, (619) 525-8262
- Municipal Gymnasium: Permit Applications, (619) 525-8262
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 AM (late arrivals will not be issued a permit).
Balboa Park Administration Building, 2125 Park Boulevard (Park Blvd. at Inspiration Point Way). Meet at the rear of the building, outside door #1.
Permits cost $49.00 per month and are valid within Balboa Park only. Cash or money order accepted. 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.