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    These information pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on Airbnb. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to government resources that you may find helpful.

    Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.

    Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*

    I’m hosting an experience at a park in San Francisco, do I need a reservation or a permit?

    You may need a reservation or a permit for a certain type of experience or if you're hosting in a certain place.

    Follow these steps to figure out whether you’ll need to get a permit or make a reservation for your experience:

    Step 1: Choose your location. Start by figuring out which department or agency manages the park or facility you have in mind for your experience. If you don’t have a location in mind, each department’s website identifies the parks and facilities in your neighborhood; search for the location and amenities that best suit your experience!

    If your experience is at a park outside San Francisco, see our note about Bay Area parks.

    Step 2: Figure out if you’re hosting a “special event.” Once you’ve found the perfect location, ask whether you’re hosting the type of experience that requires a “special event” permit for that location.

    For example, a large experience with more than 25 guests or an experience that includes a live performance with amplified instruments at Golden Gate Park would be considered a special event and require a permit.

    In addition, you may need a permit to host fitness activities in a San Francisco park. See here for other factors you should consider when hosting a fitness activity.

    Step 3: If you need a special event permit, complete the application process. Once you’ve determined that you’re hosting a special event, you’ll need to complete the permit application process before hosting your experience.

    Step 4: Figure out if you need to reserve your location, and complete the reservation process. If you don’t need a special events permit, you may still need to reserve your park area or facility. Figure out whether your location requires a reservation and, if it does, complete the reservation process for picnics areas, fields, facilities or special venues.

    Step 1: Choose your Location.

    I’ve chosen the park or recreational area where I want to host my experience. Who do I need to talk to in that park or facility?

    If you plan to host your experience in a city park, including Golden Gate park, any applicable permits or reservations will need to be made with theSan Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, which manages most parks in San Francisco.

    If you plan to host your experience in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area including any of the following areas, applicable permits or reservations will be made with the National Parks Service:

    • Ocean Beach
    • The Presidio
    • Crissy Field
    • Baker Beach
    • China Beach
    • Fort Mason
    • Lands End
    • Kirby Cove
    • Stinson Beach

    If you’re hosting at Treasure Island, contact the Treasure Island Development Authority. Note that the Golden Gate National Recreation Area prevents commercial guided services in Muir Woods, Alcatraz, or Fort Point.

    A note about parks outside San Francisco: In addition to the many one-of-a-kind city and county parks in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are several must-see state and national parks in striking distance from the City.

    If you plan to host an experience in one of these parks, we encourage you to visit that park’s website to see whether a permit or reservation is necessary. While far from a complete list, below are links to several of these parks:

    National parks:

    State Parks

    I don’t have a specific park in mind, how do I find a location that best suits my experience?

    TheSan Francisco Recreation and Parks Department website includes a picnic area list, field map, facility list and destination map that can help you identify the facilities and amenities you’re looking for, including whether a park has restrooms, parking, barbeques, and whether alcohol is allowed.

    The Golden Gate National Recreation Area website also includes a map of park sites and a “things to do” section that can help you identify the right location.

    Step 2: How can I tell if my experience is considered a “special event” that requires a permit?

    Whether your experience qualifies as a “special event” depends on where you plan to host it - check out the list of parks below to see what the park where you’re hosting considers a special event.

    I. For parks managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

    If you’re hosting your experience in a park managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, a Special Event permit is required if:

    • 25 or more guests join your experience;
    • You play music (live or recorded) using amplified speakers;
    • Your experience is open to the general public (not just your Airbnb guests) and you sell entry tickets to enter your location;
    • You advertise your experience to the general public (not just your Airbnb guests); or
    • Your experience includes stages, tents, barricades or other special set-up facilities.

    II. For Golden Gate National Recreation Area parks managed by the National Parks Service

    Special Events. If you plan to host your experience in a Golden Gate National Recreation Area location, the National Parks Service will require a permit if your experience includes:

    • Picnics with over 50 guests,
    • Beach fires with over 25 guests,
    • Athletic events with more than 30 guests,
    • Catering, or
    • Stages, tents, barricades or other special set-up facilities.

    Special Note if you Host More than 4 times per year. In addition, if you plan to take Guests on hikes, bike rides, kayak trips, or horseback rides at a Golden Gate National Recreation Area location more than four times per year, you’ll need a Commercial Use Authorization from the National Parks Service.

    Regardless of where you host, if you think you may be hosting a special event, we encourage you to contact the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department or the National Parks Service before hosting your experience.

    Step 3: How do I get a special event permit?

    I. If you’re hosting in a park managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

    If you’re hosting a Special Event in a San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, you’ll need to complete the online application at least 60 days in advance and no more than 1 year in advance of your experience date.

    Special Event fees will be calculated by the Department after you submit your application, but start at $577 and include a $60 nonrefundable fee that must be paid to start the application review process.

    If your event involves amplified sound (e.g. loud music from speakers that need a generator or need to be plugged in) you must also file an Amplified Sound Application. If you are serving alcohol, hiring a caterer or food trucks, or bringing in tables or a stage, additional fees will apply along with a $70 per hour fee for a Park Ranger to be on duty. Depending on the type of event you host, there also may be additional requirements (for example, insurance requirements or alcohol permitting requirements).

    II. If you’re hosting in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area or a National Park

    Special Event Permits: If you’re hosting a Special Event at a Golden Gate National Recreation Area location, you’ll need to complete the application at least 4 days and up to 1 year before your event. You’ll need to pay an application fee of at least $50, and may need to pay $360 or more (depending on the length of your event).

    To get a special event permit, you’ll need to have general liability insurance coverage of at least $1M that lists the National Parks Service as an additional insured.

    If you plan to sell or give away food to the public at your event, you will also need a Temporary Food Event Permit.

    Special Note if you Host More than 4 times per year. If you’re hosting an experience at a Golden Gate National Recreation Area location that requires a Commercial Use Authorization, you’ll need to complete the application and pay the application fee of $500.

    To get a Commercial Use Authorization, you’ll need to have general liability insurancecoverage of at least $1M that lists the National Parks Service as an additional insured.

    Example 1: Anita and her band plan to play a live performance to their guests in Golden Gate park where she and her band will use amplified microphones and instruments. Since Anita is playing amplified music, she’ll need a Special Event permit from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

    To do so, she’ll need to complete the online event application as well as the Amplified Sound application at least 60 days in advance and pay her $577 permit fee special event application into the Parks Department.

    Example 2: Andrew plans to take his guests mountain biking through Lands End once a month. Since Andrew will be taking his guests biking through a Golden Gate National Recreation Area park more than 4 times this year, he’ll need a Commercial Use Authorization from the National Parks Service. To do so, he’ll need to get general liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000 and name the National Parks Service an additional insured. Once he has insurance, Andrew can file his application and pay his $500 application fee.

    Step 4: Do I need to reserve my location and if so, how do I do it?

    In general, to host an experience at a San Francisco Recreation and ParksDepartment park area or facility, you’ll need to reserve your location first. Here’s the reservation process for

    Most Golden Gate National Recreation Area parks don’t require a reservation.

    I. If you’re hosting in a park managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

    a. Picnic Area Reservations:

    i. Make your reservation

    Once you’ve chosen your picnic area, you’ll need to call the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department office at 415-831-5500 (Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm, Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 12pm) to reserve your location. For picnic areas in Dolores Park, you can also apply online.

    ii. Pay reservation fee

    The reservation fee for picnic areas for 1-50 guests is usually $33 per day, per site. If you choose premium areas (Barnyard at Koret Children’s Playground, Pioneer Log Cabin, and Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park, and Esprit, Julius Kahn, Lafayette, McKinley, Pine Lake and West Portal parks), however, the fee is $66 per day. Go here for a detailed list of all Department fees.

    If your picnic also involves activities that have sound, props, games, jump houses, you may also have to pay additional “impact” fees. See this list for more details on the types of activities that must pay impact fees.

    iii. Changes or Cancellations

    Choose the right dates and location for your picnic. Any changes or cancellations to your reservation will cost you at least a $24 fee, and must be made at least 10 business days before your experience.

    The remaining portion of your original reservation fee can be credited to your Department account for future reservations or refunded for an additional fee of at least $12.

    b. Athletic Field Reservations:

    i. Make a reservation

    Once you’ve chosen your field, you’ll need to call the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department office at 415-831-5500 (Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm, Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, and Saturday 9am to 12pm) to reserve your location.

    One-time field reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis up to 2 weeks in advance. You can reserve up to 4 total hours in any calendar month; if you need to reserve more time, the Department suggests that you follow their advanced reservation process for leagues, groups, and special events. During the week, fields can only be reserved for 1 hour after 6:30 p.m. and are booked by the half-pitch; during the weekend, fields can be reserved for up to 2 hours.

    ii. Pay reservation fee

    The reservation fee for SFRPD fields is $75 per hour. In addition, there is a $12 per hour fee per field for use of lights.

    iii. Changes or Cancellations

    Be sure you’ve chosen the right dates and location for your athletic field reservation. For one-time reservations, there are no cancellations unless there is a rain-out.

    c. Facility Reservations:

    i. Make a reservation

    Once you’ve picked your facility, complete the online application.

    Gyms: Note that most gyms are open to the public during operating hours on a first come, first served basis and aren’t available for rental. Gyms that are available for rent, will only be available when the gym would otherwise be closed, on Mondays, Sundays (except in the winter) and Saturdays after 5pm.

    ii. Pay reservation fee

    Your reservation fee will vary depending on how long you’ll host there. Hourly reservation rates vary by facility, ranging from $45 to $101 an hour; all reservations require a $250 security deposit. Indoor facilities, such as recreation centers, do not have a Dance Hall License and therefore they are not available for DJ or dancing events.

    Gym rates also vary by facility, day of rental, and time of day, and range from $58 to $115 an hour. Rentals will also include a minimum of $60 in staff fees if (a) the gym is scheduled to be closed and (b) the gym is open but onsite Department staff is limited. All reservations also require a $250 security deposit.

    iii. Changes or Cancellations

    Be sure you’ve chosen the right dates and location for your experience. For rentals costing less than $1,000, any changes or cancellations to your reservation must be made at least 10 business days before the event date; for rentals of $1,000 or more in facility fees, any changes or cancellations must be made one month before the event date. All changes or cancellations will cost at least a $24 fee. For refunds (as opposed to a credit to your SFRPD account), there will be an additional refund fee of at least $12.

    d. Special Venues:

    The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department also manages the County Fair Building, Lake Merced Boathouse, Stern GroveClubhouse, Sunnyside Conservatory, Civic Center Plaza, and Japantown Peace Plaza. These venues have a separate application process and additional rules apply.

    II. If you’re hosting at Golden Gate National Recreation Area or at a National Park

    a. Picnic Area Reservations:

    For Golden Gate National Recreation Area locations, a day use pass at Kirby Cove costs $35 a day, and can be reserved here.

    All other picnic areas at Golden Gate National Recreation Area locations, including Ocean Beach, the Presidio, Crissy Field and Fort Mason, are free and are first come, first served; they can’t be reserved.

    In the Presidio, no amplified music, inflatables, or organized sporting activities are allowed in the picnic areas.

    b. Facility Reservations:

    In general, Golden Gate National Recreation Area locations don’t offer athletic fields, gyms or clubhouses for rent. On the other hand, the Fort Scott Field in the Presidio is available for one-time reservations. Contact Presidio Trust Special Events at (415) 561-4200 or outdoorevents@presidiotrust.gov to learn more.

    c. Special Venues

    The National Parks Service also manages several special venues at the Presidio and Fort Mason. These areas have a separate application process and additional rules apply.

    Example: Derek plans to host a picnic at the Bunny Meadow Picnic Area in Golden Gate Park for 10 guests. Since Derek is hosting less than 20 guests, he doesn’t need a special events permit. But Derek does need to reserve Bunny Meadow. To do so, he’ll need to call the Parks Department to reserve his location and pay the $33 reservation fee.

    I’d like to host a yoga class or a similar outdoor fitness activity in a City park, do I need a park permit?

    You will need to reserve an athletic field or facility to host your fitness activity. However, as of the date when we posted this help article, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department does not require a special permit before you host a fitness activity at a City park.

    For Golden Gate National Recreation Area parks, if you plan to take Guests on hikes, bike rides, kayak trips, or horseback rides more than four times per year or provide Guests with fitness instruction more than one time per week or more than four times per month, you’ll need a Commercial Use Authorization from the National Parks Service.

    To get a Commercial Use Authorization, you’ll need to complete the application. You’ll need to pay an application fee of $500 and have general liability insurancecoverage of at least $1M that lists the National Parks Service as an additional insured.

    We encourage you to check with the National Parks Service before hosting an outdoor fitness activity at a park in San Francisco.

    Do I need any other type of license or permit to host a fitness activity or provide fitness instruction?

    You don’t need a state or city license or permit in order to provide fitness instruction to your guests.

    If you want, you can get a training certification from a reputable accredited program through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. In all cases, you should ensure that you have adequate insurance to cover you in case a guest is injured or there’s any property damage. Also consider completing an adult CPR course, like the one offered by the American Red Cross, in case there’s an emergency.

    Is there anything else I should be thinking about before hosting a fitness activity?

    Yes. First and foremost, your guest’s health and safety should always come first. How you handle your experience and listing is up to you, but we encourage you to:

    • Spell out in your listing the fitness level guests should have to participate in your experience;
    • Explain what guests should expect from your fitness activity, including the duration and intensity of any cardiovascular activity and types of strength-training;
    • Make sure that your guests participate in exercises that are appropriate for their level of fitness;
    • Consider starting your fitness activity at a slower pace to evaluate your guest’s fitness level;
    • Take appropriate precautions with equipment, facilities and environmental factors;
    • If medical attention is needed, direct your guest to a hospital or reputable doctor. Do not attempt to provide physical therapy advice or attempt to make a medical diagnosis yourself unless you are qualified to do so; and
    • Keep your Guest’s health information confidential.

    Example 1: Ali, who has just received her accreditation from the American Council on Exercise, is leading a boot camp in Dolores Park. Her listing makes clear that guests should be properly fit and conditioned to handle a 2 hour workout that starts slowly with dynamic flexibility exercises but goes on to running, resistance bands, body weight and partner exercises. Ali has thoroughly scouted the area for hazards and will bring an emergency first aid kit. Ali has will need to contact that San Francisco Recreation to reserve her location in Dolores Park and is taking the right steps to keep her guests safe.

    Example 2: Bob, who has just completed his teacher training course at Yoga Tree, is leading an Ashtanga yoga class in Crissy Field 4 times a month. His listing makes clear that guests should be properly fit and conditioned to handle a 1 hour workout that picks up quickly with several fast-paced sequences of linked poses. Bob has thoroughly scouted the area for hazards and will bring an emergency first aid kit. Bob is taking the right steps to keep his guests safe. Because Bob isn’t hosting his fitness activity more than 4 times a month, he does not need a Commercial Use Authorization from the National Parks Service. Bob likely does not need to reserve a location on Crissy Field, but he should contact the National Parks Service to confirm.

    *Airbnb is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third party sites (including any links to legislation and regulations).