Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Marin County Parks rules and regulations have been established to provide safe and pleasant places for all users and ensure protection of natural resources. Our parks and facilities are popular places for residents and visitors to recreate and be active. Activities which threaten or endanger visitors, the land, or the environment are not permitted.

Municode provides free access to the Marin County Municipal Code.

Note: Title 10 is the Marin County Parks Code.

Frequently Asked About Rules and Regulations

Individuals and groups are responsible for knowing and following the rules and regulations when visiting Marin County parks and facilities. Some of the most frequently asked about Marin County Parks codes are:

Dogs: Other than service animals that assist persons with disabilities, dogs and other domestic animals are not allowed within parks, except in areas designated otherwise. Where permitted, dogs and other domestic animals must be fastened to and restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length except in areas exclusively used for dog parks. Dogs and other domestic animals must be under the direct and immediate control of a responsible person…  For more information, please visit Dogs in Parks.

Fishing: All fishing within parks is subject to the California Fish and Game Code, the rules and regulations of the California Department of Fish and Game and these regulations. Department employees, California Department of Fish and Game officials, and other law enforcement personnel are authorized to issue citations for violations, confiscate fish and impound fishing gear upon violation of regulations…

Group Use: No group, school, club or similar organization, whether formally organized or not, shall hold or conduct any activity within parks with twenty or more participants without prior written approval from the department. Group use of parks is subject to prior reservations, conditions and charges.

Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD): For inquiries concerning the use of a power-driven mobility device on a County or Open Space District trail, pursuant to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, § 35.137, Mobility devices, please contact Principal Planner Steve Petterle at spetterle@marincounty.org or (415) 473-6394..

Swimming: No person shall bathe, swim, wade, wash or otherwise enter any water or waterways within parks in areas posted against such use.

Skate Park: No person shall use the skate park without wearing a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads. Bicycles are not allowed in the skate park. Effective 2012: scooters are permitted in the skate park every day until 1:00 p.m. and all day on Wednesdays at the same time as skateboards and in-line skates. Permissible scooters are human powered with a handlebar, deck, and wheels.