Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park : SPECIAL EVENTS/FILMING
We are not accepting applications for Special Event Permits, Elopement Special Event Permits, and Film Permits at this park or at any of the other California State Parks in the Big Sur Sector until further notice. Updates will be posted on this website as they are issued.
Updated (January 20, 2021)
Special Event Permits
The Big Sur Sector permits various events at this park with an approved Special Event Permit. Events at this park are suitable for those wishing to have a low-key event in a rustic, outdoors location. This in the only park in the sector with exclusive access event sites. Special Events include weddings, elopements, receptions, rehearsal/welcome dinners, events that require the reservation of park facilities, events with vendors, etc. You may apply for a standard Special Event Permit up to one (1) year in advance. Applications received forty-five (45) days or less in advance of the event date are subject to additional fees and restrictions. Applications received twenty-one (21) days or less in advance of the event date will not be considered.
“Elopement” Special Event Permits may be issued for elopement weddings of ten (10) people or less that take place at hike-in locations. You may apply for an “elopement” Special Event Permit up to six (6) months in advance. Applications received forty-five (45) days or less in advance of the event date are subject to additional fees and restrictions. Applications received twenty-one (21) days or less in advance of the event date will not be considered.
Large events conducted by for-profit and/or non-profit entities may occur with the approval of a Large Event – Special Event Permit. Large Event applications must be received at least sixty (60) days in advance of the event date in order to be considered.
Small hiking tours or art/photography workshops/classes conducted by non-profit or for-profit entities may occur with the approval of an Annual Special Event Permit. Applications for Annual permits received forty-five (45) days or less in advance of the first tour/workshop date are subject to additional fees and restrictions. Applications received twenty-one (21) days or less in advance of the first tour/workshop date will not be considered.
Contact the Special Event Permit Office at BigSurEvents@parks.ca.gov or call 831-667-0507 to obtain a Special Event Information Packet, check the calender for availability, obtain Large Event or Annual permit information, or to apply for a Special Event Permit.
Motion Picture and Still Photography Permits
All film shoots at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and all other California State Parks are required to have a valid film permit issued by the California Film Commission (CFC). The term “film shoot” refers to both motion picture and still photography. The term “film” refers to both analog (actual physical film) and digital media.
The Big Sur Sector permits “Simple” shoots on Monday-Thursday, non-holiday dates. “Complex” shoots are only permitted on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday non-holiday dates. Film shoots are not permitted on weekends (Friday-Sunday) or on holiday dates. Additionally, film shoots may not interfere with any park programs or previously scheduled events.
Applications must be received at least two (2) weeks prior to first shoot date in order to be considered by the Big Sur Sector. Applications can be submitted online at the CFC’s website at www.film.ca.gov.
It is important for film makers and producers to note that RESTRICTION OF PUBLIC ACCESS IS PROHIBITED. Closed sets, nudity, pornography, profanity, loud music, or any obscene activities are strictly prohibited on State Park Property. Additionally film shoot are not permitted in any closed or roped off areas.
For more information about filming in a California State Park, including information on fees and the difference between a “complex” and “simple” shoot, please visit http://film.ca.gov/state-permits/parks-beaches/.
For information regarding filming outside of a State Park in Monterey County, please visit the Monterey County Film Commission's website at www.filmmonterey.org
More information: Film Production in California State Parks
Photograph courtesy of Sharon Pieniak