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Plans, Rulemaking & Permits

Resources for re-opening and "Building a Safe and Strong Oregon" are available on Governor Brown's website.

Please see the list below for current status of our stewardship permits.

  • Scientific Research Permits – Suspended for parks that remain closed. Please check before you go.
  • Firewood cutting permits (on the ocean shore) – All suspended and no new permits will be issued.
  • Special Use Permits – Special use permits for the ocean shore are limitied to activities compliant with COVID-19 reopening phase guidelines on open beach areas.

Contractors, partners, volunteers, and permittees will regain access to our parks and resume permit projects when our parks re-open. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to collaborating with you.


State park master plans are written for new and existing parks and present a balance of recreation opportunities with resource protection. Once adopted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and approved by the local land use authority (usually a city or county), a park master plan guides future park development. We encourage and actively engage park stakeholders and the community during the master planning process. Community members and others interested in park development are invited to comment at each stage of the process.

Rules and Rulemaking

Rulemaking plays an important part in building the foundation of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's ability to manage Oregon's special places. Public comment on open rulemaking is valuable to the agency during the rulemaking process as the agency upholds its mission "to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations."


OPRD issues a variety of permits for activities within parks (e.g., scientific research permits) and areas under the agency's jurisdiction, including the Ocean Shore State Recreation Area and State Scenic Waterways.



Matt Rippee
Deputy of Field Services


Katie Gauthier
Legislative Coordinator

Resource Permits

Ocean Shores

Visit Ocean Shores for a list of contacts.

Scenic Waterways

Visit Scenic Waterways
for a list of rivers and contacts

Scientific Research/Collection

Visit Research Permits for information and contacts.