Photography Permits

Photography Permits 

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District requires commercial photographers to have a permit when taking photographs within any District Facility or Parkland. A commercial photographer is defined as any individual who will take video, film, photography or other capture of image, whether moving or still, with the objective to see, make profit from, or barter, including but not limited to documentaries, commercials, television series and movies, motion picture, advertising, public service announcements, editorial, stock, portraits, etc. Permits will be issued to individual commercial photographers. Businesses will be required a Photography Permit for each individual commercial photographer onsite; one permit does not encompass an entire business or multiple commercial photographers. 

Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-serve bases Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a minimum of 48 business hours prior to the rental date for processing application requests; excluding weekends. Applications submitted on a Friday for the following Saturday or Sunday may not be approved. Applications are requests and do not guarantee that a permit will be issued. Application fees are due at the time of submitting an application, and must be paid in full prior to a permit being issued. Commercial photographers are not permitted to utilize any District Facility or Parkland for photography purposes without a valid Permit issued by the District. Applicants will be required to follow all Facility and Park Rules and Regulations, including verbal instruction from District staff throughout the duration of their rental. Permit hours will be strictly enforced. 

Additional Forms

To ensure the health and safety of our staff and community, Applicants will be required to submit a Site Safety Plan in accordance to the Alameda County Public Health Department's Health Order. Site Safety Plans are due not later then seven (7) days week prior to the rental date. Failure to submit a Site Safety Plan will result in a cancellation of the rental and a refund will not be issued. Applicants and their guests will be required to follow the current Alameda County Public Health Department's Health Order while participating in a facility reservation with the District. All individuals two (2) years and older are required to wear a facial covering at all times, except while eating and drinking and while taking photos. Photographers and their guests are required to follow all physical and social distancing requirements throughout the duration of their rental. 

Cancellations and Changes 

Our parks and facilities may close at any time, with or without notice. District staff will make every effort to contact the Applicant ahead of time of any park or facility closures that may affect your facility rental. If a closure occurs on behalf of the District, the Applicant will be offered an alternate date. A refund will not be issued for inclement weather or for a cancellation initiated either by the District or the Applicant. Applicants will have the option to move their rental date up to six (6) months after the original date. Failure to rebook the rental date within the six (6) month period will result in a cancellation and a refund will not be issued.

All application changes must be made in writing and mutually agreed upon by both the District and the Applicant. A change fee will be charged to the Applicant for all changes initiated by the Applicant and are due at the time of submitting the change. 

Photography Permit Locations

Ravenswood Historic Site 

Ravenswood Photography Permits are valid for two (2) hour (120 minutes) sessions. Permits maybe extended for an additional hour rate. The Applicant and their guests are not permitted to enter the Ravenswood Historic Site outside of their facility rental time. District staff will be onsite throughout the duration of the facility rental. District staff will open the facility at the time specified on the photography permit. District staff will wait 20 minutes beyond the beginning of the rental time for the photographer to arrive. If the photographer and their guests do not arrive 20 minutes after the initial start time of the rental, District staff will close and lock the facility and will consider the rental complete. A refund will not be issued for any photographer who fails to attend their rental. For more information, email the District at

Facility Rental Application

Email Application Here

General District Park or Facility

General Photography Application can be used for various District Park and Facilities. Applications will be reviewed by District staff prior to issuing a facility rental permit. Permit are valid from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise noted on the permit. For more information, email the District at

Facility Rental Application

Email Application Here

Sycamore Grove Park 

Sycamore Grove Photography Permits include two (2) parking passes and access to Sycamore Grove Park on the reserved date from 7:00 a.m. to sunset (unless otherwise noted on the permit). For more information, email the District at

Sycamore Grove Photography Application 

Email Application Here

Rental Fees

Location  Hours of Permit Resident Permit Fee Non Resident Permit Fee
General Park and Facility Photography Permit Sunrise to Sunset  (*unless otherwise noted) $50 $60
Ravenswood Historic Site 2 Hours $80 $90
Sycamore Grove Park 7:00 a.m. to Sunset $50  $60 
Additional Rental Fees
Ravenswood Historic Site Per Additional Hour - only issued in full hour increments $50