Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park : SPECIAL EVENTS/FILMING
Applications for events at any group facilities in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, including the Campfire Center and the Group Picnic Areas, will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to additional terms and conditions. Standard Special Event Permit applications for events with more than one-hundred (100) people will not be considered until further notice. Group Camp remains closed. We are not accepting any application nor allowing any events at Group Camp until further notice.
Elopement or Standard Special Events: To receive a 2021 Elopement Special Event Information Packet or 2021 Standard Special Event Permit with COVID-19 updates, email the Big Sur Sector’s Special Event Office at email@example.com with the location within the park you would like to use for an elopement and your elopement date. COVID -19 updates include physical distancing requirements, new location limitations, and other health and safety requirements. A completed application for any Special Event Permit must be received at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the event date in order for the event to be considered.
Film Permits: To find more information film/photo permits, visit http://film.ca.gov/state-permits/parks-beaches/. You may also email the Big Sur Sector’s Film Permit Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to check availability. Applications for film permits must be submitted to the California Film Commission at www.film.ca.gov at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the first shoot date in order to be considered.
Although we have resumed accepting applications for Special Event and Film Permits, applications or permits may be cancelled with little-to-no notice in response to COVID-19.
Please take this into consideration before submitting an application.
(Updated May 1, 2021)
Special Event Permits
The Big Sur Sector allows various events at this park with an approved Special Event Permit. Events staged 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.
"Standard" Special Event Permits may be issued for events at set event locations and/or for events with more than ten (10) people. “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 a "standard" Special Event Permit up to one (1) year in advance or 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.
Events are not permitted/allowed on any weekend dates (Friday-Sunday) the Friday prior to Labor Day through Memorial Day.
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