General Policy
The District’s Special Use Permit is an integral component of responsible public land stewardship. Special permission for non-conforming activities and associated permit conditions will vary from park to park. Similarly, the types of use that one park supports may not be appropriate for another park. There may also be circumstances that dictate that certain authorized uses or access are more appropriate during specific days or months or times. The District’s Special Use Permit is a tool that gives the District the flexibility to direct specific types of non-conforming use and access to the appropriate place for the long-term protection of public trust values and general public health, safety, and welfare while exercising responsiveness to community needs.


When considering a Special Use Permit, the District may require one or more of the following requirements, or others be provided by the applicant as a condition of approval:

  • Fire control measures and/or equipment;
  • Medical emergency services and/or equipment;
  • Public safety services and/or equipment;
  • Traffic safety services and/or equipment;
  • Communication services and/or equipment;
  • Public health and sanitation services and/or equipment;
  • Transportation services and/or equipment;
  • Fees to pay for additional District staff time associated with the event;
  •  Site restoration and/or in-lieu impact mitigation fee;
  • Commercial vendor fee;
  • Indemnification and liability insurance;
  • Event advertisement, media coverage, and/or signage;
  • IRS non-profit status certification;
  • Encroachment Permit Application;
  • ABC Permit (for alcoholic beverages) and/or Vendors license;
  •  Event deposit or bond.


  • Special Use Permit form may be submitted electronically, by mail, or in person;
  • District and general public park uses will have a priority;
  • Permit forms must be received by the District at least 30 days, and not more than 12 months, in advance of the date for which the permit is requested;
  • All fees, deposits, certificates of insurance, and other required documents must be received by the District no later than two weeks (14 days) before the use date;
  • To be valid, the Special Use Permit must be signed by an authorized District representative and the Permittee;
  • Appropriate staff will review all permit requests for approval, denial, and applicable conditions. All requests will be acted upon within seven (7) days from the date the District receives the completed permit form.

For Research and Conservation permits contact Tim Jensen at [email protected]

For Educational related permits contact Jackie Nelson at [email protected]

For Special Trail Access permits contact Caine Camarillo at [email protected]