Reservations and Permits

Plan a celebration or special event in a beautiful outdoor location.

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Parks Site Reservations

Reserve a location for a get together at a scenic Marin County park. Advance reservations are required for groups of 20 or more. Use permits may also be required. From Oct 16, 2019 – April 30, 2020 reservation fees are half price.  

  • Hal Brown Park at Creekside
  • McInnis Park
  • McNears Beach Park (note: baby pool closed through mid-July 2019 for resurfacing)
  • Paradise Beach Park
  • Stafford Lake Park 

Click below to make a site reservation online. If you need assistance with a reservation, you can also contact pkres@marincounty.org or call (415) 473-6388.

Parks Special Events

If you are planning an event that meets any of the criteria listed below, you must consult with Parks staff and submit required applications and documentation 90 days to one year in advance of the event date.

  • Exceeds the capacity of a single group reservation site; or makes use of multiple sites in a park at the same time.
  • Sells tickets, food, beverages, or merchandise; has commercial sales of any kind.
  • Will have amplified sound of any kind.
  • Will set up additional amenities outside a reservable site.

Read Special Event Permit Policies PDF and download the Special Events Application PDF. Parks may approve or deny an application based on site availability, public safety, or other considerations, Email park permits or call (415) 473-7608 to discuss a proposed event, and begin the application process.

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Scout troop hiking in open space preserve

Special Use Permits

Parks: any group of 20 or more gathering at a park that does not accept online reservations must have a permit.

Open space preserves: any group of 15 or more visiting an open space preserve must apply in advance for a permit. Examples include a scout troop hike or a school group outing. Read the Special Use Permit Conditions PDF. Due to the sensitive ecosystems in open space preserves, not all applications are approved.

Call (415) 473-7608 to discuss special use permit applications and fees. 

Commercial Use Permits

Professional dog walkers: Commercial dog walking is not allowed without an approved permit. Permit applicants must provide a permit application, business license, insurance certificate, additional insured endorsement, and other documentation is required, as well as attend a meeting with Parks staff. Learn more about applying for a commercial dog walker permit.

Business use: Any for-profit use of a Marin County Parks property requires the advance permission of Marin County Parks. An individual or organization conducting business in any Marin County park must apply in advance for a commercial use permit and pay applicable fees. Examples include paid sports coaches, kayaking outfitters, and other businesses.

Commercial film and photography: Because of its unique beauty, many commercial and independent filmmakers and photographers have shot commercials, stock video footage, and more in Marin.

Call (415) 473-7608 for more information about commercial use permits.

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