With sweeping ocean views and close proximity to hotels and restaurants, Santa Monica State Beach is a popular site for weddings. The City does not issue permits for wedding ceremonies at the beach. The rule is first-come, first-serve for each location, and you must have less than 150 participants on site. Users must obey all beach rules. These rules also apply to small gatherings such as picnics, family reunions, and other parties
Tables, chairs, runners and small archways
Canopies under 400 square feet
Stages under 30" high
Amplified sound between 8 am and 10 pm
(We do ask that you be considerate of neighbors and other beach visitors. Sound is subject to the noise ordinance. Santa Monica Police can request that you turn sound down or off if complaints are received.)
What's Not Ok?
Structures that would require Building & Safety Permits or Fire Permits
Tents with side panels
Vehicles on turf, pathways, sand, bike path or Ocean Front Walk
Staking anything into turf or attaching anything to trees, shrubs, facilities or other amenities
Blocking sidewalks or pedestrian pathways
Fires, cooking, alcohol, glass containers and smoking
Generators are not permitted in parks or on the beach
Still have questions? Please contact the Community & Cultural Services Department at 310-458-8300.