How to Obtain a Beach Activity Permit

A Group Beach Activity Permit is required for groups including more than 20 but less than 150 people who will be visiting Santa Monica State Beach. (Municipal Code 4.55.210) 

These permits help maximize the safety of beach users and assist LA County Lifeguards in determining the level of staffing needed for each lifeguard tower. If necessary, lifeguards are authorized to relocate groups.

Continue the Process:

Below are the steps to apply for a Beach Activity Permit.

  1. Download the Application

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    Download the application form here.

  2. Complete the Application

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    • Complete all applicable group contact and reservation request information on page 1 of the application
    • Complete the Defense, Indemnity, and Hold Harmless Agreement Form on page 2 of the application
    • Review all other information on the application, including Group Beach Activity Permit: Rules/Guidelines

  3. Submit the Application

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    Send the completed form to

    Please allow 7 - 10 business days for staff to review and complete your permit application. During this time, your application will be shared with LA County Lifeguards as needed to ensure the safest environment possible for your group's time on Santa Monica State Beach

  4. Receive your Permit

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    When approved and complete, a Group Beach Activity Permit will be emailed to you by Community Recreation staff

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