Beach Use Permits – Special Events

Special Events on St. Johns County Beaches

St. Johns County Beaches are 41.1 miles of coquina and white soft sandy beaches that are a great place to hold your special event.They make an ideal setting for many occasions and we welcome weddings, parties, sporting events, surf camps / lessons / contests, photography, beach clean ups, and other organized events.

In effort to keep our beaches well maintained, clean, and safe, St. Johns County requires all special events occurring on our beaches to apply for a Special Event Permit. The fees associated with the permits go directly back into preserving our beaches and keeping the public protected. For more information, visit the FAQs page or call us at (904) 209-0344.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with our beaches and available amenities as well as the tides so you can be sure your event will be as perfect as possible. Click for more Beach and Pavilion information.

Getting Your Permit
4 Steps to Your Special Event Permit
1. Plan Go to Tides page to plan the time of day for your special event.
2: Complete Complete an application and send to provided address for approval.

  • Minor Impact (under 200 participants)
  • Major Impact (over 200 participants)
  • Surf Camp
    If lessons / camps are held over multiple weeks, list all confirmed dates on one application. Each week will be issued a separate permit with a separate / additional permit fee. Fees are based on the total number of participants for each week. Please include the total amount of fees for each week listed on the application.
3: Fees
  • Weddings – $100
  • Photography – $150
  • Media Filming – $250
  • Sporting Events
    • Minor Impact – $200
    • Major Impact – $300
  • Other Events
    • Minor Impact – $50
    • Major Impact – $100
Application fees payable by cash or check to: St. Johns County
4: Receive Permit Please allow two weeks for processing from receipt of completed permit package. Incomplete applications may delay approval.

Helpful Information
  • FAQs
  • Familiarize yourself with Beach Rules and Regulations.
  • Explore our Beach Access website to decide on the best beach for your event.
  • We allow beach driving on 16.3 miles of our 41.1 miles of coastline. Beach driving hours during sea turtle season May 1 – October 31 are from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. There is a minimal fee to access beaches. Vehicles remaining on the beach after hours are subject to fines.
  • Events involving over 200 people require special approval from St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, please plan accordingly as this may take up to 3 months for approval.
  • Depending on the nature of your organized activity your event may require special approval from County Commission and State agencies.
  • You must contact Anastasia State Park, City of St. Augustine Beach, and Fort Matanzas National Monument to hold special event on their property.
Need More Information?

Katie Martyn
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8am-4pm
901 Pope Rd
St. Augustine, FL 32082
(904) 209-0752
kmartyn@sjcfl.us