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General Access Permit

A general access permit is required for any activity or event that: 

  • may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; or
  • would restrict the use of any part of Midpen lands by members of the public; or
  • requests or requires a fee be paid or a donation made for participation. This includes events where the fee is in the form of a mandatory purchase, such as a t-shirt.

Permits are also required at certain parking areas or for certain activities:

  • El Sereno Preserve: for parking at Overlook Permit Parking Area
  • La Honda Creek Preserve: for parking at Event Center Permit Parking Area or access/parking at Allen Road Permit Parking Area
  • Monte Bello Preserve: for parking at Waterwheel Creek Permit Parking Area
  • Windy Hill Preserve: for use of remote control gliders, hang gliding and paragliding.

Permitting schedule: 

  • Permit applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Applications should be submitted at least 2 weekdays prior to the requested visit date.
  • Midpen cannot guarantee that late requests will be processed in time. 

If you are charging a fee for your event, you must provide an insurance certificate and endorsement listing the District as additionally insured.

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