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Commercial Fitness Trainers

To meet the needs of local fitness businesses and support the health of community members, the City of Santa Monica is adapting its Commercial Fitness Trainer Permit Program to create more opportunities for safe outdoor fitness instruction in compliance with LA County Public Health protocols. 

Application Packet:

Application Form
Gym and Fitness Protocols
Quarterly Report Form
Ordinance 2441-CCS

New permits issued between October and December 2020 will be valid until January 1, 2022, an addition of up to three months. Quarterly use charges at our most popular location, Palisades Park, will be reduced. Charges for permitted fitness training within other parks and at the beach will be temporarily suspended. A maximum of 15 small group permits and a maximum of 15 medium or large group permits will be issued for Palisades Park. A maximum of 15 small, medium or large group permits will be issued for Reed Park. If more applications are received during the priority application period than available permits, a lottery will be held for issuance of permits. Permits remaining following the priority application period, if any, will be issued from applications received on a first-come, first-serve basis until filled. Trainers who commit to using Reed Park exclusively will have the annual use charge waived (other fees still apply) and be part of the ongoing transformation and activation of the space. Additionally, field permit fees will be waived for commercial fitness trainers during non-prime hours at Memorial Park. 

Increased Group Size at the following parks:

  • Barnard Way Linear Park (Medium Size groups are allowed)
  • Tongva Park (Small, Medium, and Large groups are allowed)
New Locations
  • Ken Genser Square (Small, Medium, and Large groups are allowed)
  • Airport Park parking lot – only within the area painted by the City for temporary use which is located off Donald Douglas Loop and north of the multi-purpose sports field – until the multi-purpose sports field reopens in 2021 (paved surface – great for training with weights)
  • Memorial Park natural/turf field available between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (great parking and enclosed/secure space)

These new rules will remain in effect until LA County allows gym and fitness establishments to resume indoor operations at an occupancy rate greater than 50%. The Community Recreation team is working with Public Safety Officers to ensure that any commercial fitness trainers operating in the park has a Commercial Fitness Trainer Permit. The permit program is subject to change based on County of Los Angeles Public Health orders and guidelines.

Rules for Commercial Fitness or Athletic Instruction, Classes or Camps at Public Parks and the Beach

Rules for fitness or athletic training in Santa Monica's public parks and at the beach have recently been adopted. Anyone conducting a camp, class, or other type of fitness instruction on public space for compensation will be required to get a City permit and follow set parameters.

Why has the City of Santa Monica established Commercial Fitness Trainer Permit?

Santa Monica's parks and the beach are shared public resources for everyone to enjoy. The heavy use of these public spaces requires careful management in order to ensure that they are available to the public and in good condition.

Who needs a permit?

If you train, instruct, or lead a fitness or athletic camp or class for compensation - financial or in exchange for goods or services - in Santa Monica's parks or at the beach, you are required to obtain a permit and follow the City's rules in addition to obtaining a business license and police permit as applicable.

How do I apply?

Request an application by emailing communityrecreation@smgov.net

What are the rules?

Depending on size of the group, commercial instruction may take place at the Beach and at the following parks only, during the hours of 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily. Additional restrictions apply for Palisades Park - see below. Commercial fitness or athletic instruction of any size is prohibited at any park not listed below.

 

Small Group
(1-2 participants)

Medium Group
(3-10 participants)

Large Group
(Over 10 participants)

Airport Park  & Airport Parking Lot

yes

yes

yes

Barnard Way Linear Park

yes

yes

no

Beach Green

yes

yes

yes

Beach Park 1

yes

yes

yes

Clover Park

yes

yes

yes

Crescent Bay Park

yes

no

no

Douglas Park

yes

yes

yes

Hotchkiss Park

yes

yes

yes

Marine Park

yes

yes

yes

Memorial Park & natural/turf  Grass Field

yes

yes

yes

Ocean View Park

yes

yes

yes

Palisades Park*

yes

yes

yes

Reed Park

yes

yes

yes

South Beach Park

yes

yes

yes

Stewart Street Park

yes

yes

yes

Tongva Park

yes

yes

yes

Virginia Avenue Park

yes

yes (Mon-Fri)

no

Full List of Rules & Requirements >

* Palisades Park Restrictions

Permits are not valid north of Marguerita Ave or on Sundays. Medium and large groups (limited to a maximum of 15 participants) are valid in the following zones only, with no more than 2 groups at any one time in each zone:
Zone 1: Palisades Avenue to Alta
Zone 2: Montana Avenue to Palisades Avenue
Zone 3: Immediately north of Idaho Avenue
Zone 4: Wilshire Blvd to north public restroom

For information on zone closures due to rain or maintenance please call the field conditions information line 310-458-8643 ext. 3


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How much do permits cost?

Palisade Park Quarterly fee*:
  • $450 per quarter: Small Group (not more than 2)
  • $900 per quarter: Medium Group (not more than 10)
  • $1350 per quarter: Large Group (not more than 15)

*These new fees will remain in effect until LA County allows gym and fitness establishments to resume indoor operations at an occupancy rate greater than 50%.

Annual Permit Application Fees remain unchanged:

  • $121.77 per calendar year for General Parks or Beach
  • $182.66 per calendar year for the medium and large group permits for Palisades Park

How do I renew the permit each quarter?

Approved Instructors must submit a Quarterly Report Form on April 1, July 1, October 1, and January 1. 

What if I train exclusively at Reed Park?

Trainers who commit to using Reed Park exclusively will have their quarterly use charge waived.

Who do I talk to if I have concerns or questions?

To report an incident that needs immediate assistance please call the Santa Monica Police Department at 310-458-8491.
For all other comments, concerns or questions, email communityrecreation@smgov.net or call 310-458-8237.

 

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