Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: SPECIAL EVENTS/FILMING
Events and/or film shoots with more than ten (10) people will not be permitted.
The Waterfall Overlook, Overlook Trail, McWay Falls, Redwood Picnic Area, and the park's campground are currently closed. Special events, elopements, and film shoots are not permitted in closed areas.
Elopement Events: Email the Big Sur Sector’s Special Event Office at email@example.com the name of the park, location within the park you would like to use for an Elopement, and Elopement date to receive an updated 2020 Elopement Special Event Information Packet. This packet includes COVID-19 updates regarding physical distancing requirements, new location limitations, and other health and safety requirements.
Film Permits: Visit http://film.ca.gov/state-permits/parks-beaches/ to find more information on the difference between a “Simple” and “Complex” Shoot. You can also email the Big Sur Sector’s Film Permit Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Although we have resumed accepting applications for Elopements 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.
Attention: The Waterfall Overlook, McWay Falls, the beach, and The Redwood Picnic Area are closed areas. We do not permit events or film shoots in closed areas.
Special Event Permits
The Big Sur Sector permits small weddings and "elopements" at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park with an approved Special Event Permit. Events at this park are suitable for those wishing to have a small, low-key event in a rustic, outdoors setting. There are no exclusive access sites at this park. Receptions and/or catered events are not permitted at this park. Seating is not available. You may apply for a permit up to one (1) year in advance. Applications received less than thirty (30) days prior to the event date are subject to additional fees and restrictions.
“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” permit up to six (6) months in advance.
Events conducted by for-profit and/or non-profit entities may occur with the approval of an Annual Special Event Permit. Large events are not permitted at this park.
For those wishing to have their event at McWay Falls or on the beach, please note the following: There is no beach access nor access to McWay Falls at this park as per District Superintendent’s Order No. 720-97-003(G)(CCR 4326(a)). Any persons who attempt to access either location will be detained, cited, and/or arrested by State Park law enforcement personal and said persons will be responsible for all rescue cost incurred.
Applications received less than thirty (30) days prior to the event date are subject to additional fees and restrictions.
For more information, download the information packets:
Contact the Special Event Coordinator at 831-667-0507 or BigSurEvents@parks.ca.gov for availability, permit & fee information, Annual Permit information, or to apply for a Special Event Permit.
Motion Picture and Still Photography Permits
All film shoots at Julia Pfeiffer Burns 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 shoots. 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) nor 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. Use of drones and/or UAS at this park is strictly prohibited, even for filming.
For productions wishing to film at McWay Falls or the beach, please note the following: There is no beach access nor access to McWay Falls at this park as per District Superintendent’s Order No. 720-97-003(G)(CCR 4326(a)). Any persons who attempt to access either location will be detained, cited, and/or arrested by State Park law enforcement personal and said persons will be responsible for all rescue cost incurred.
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 www.film.ca.gov/state-permits/parks-beaches/.
To check availability, contact the Film Permit Office at 831-667-0507 or BigSurFilm@parks.ca.gov
To apply for a film permit with the CFC, please visit www.film.ca.gov
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