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This hook is called to dynamically alter permissions based on conditions or external criteria.


See for some use cases.

Available in 4.6.21 / 4.7.11 (check JIRA issue to see fix version) and above.


hook_civicrm_permission_check($permission, &$granted)


  • $permission: a string representing the name of an atomic permission, ie. 'access deleted contacts'

  • $granted: a boolean reflecting whether this permission is currently granted. Change this value to alter the permission.


  • null


  • This hook is implemented for forms (eg Add, Edit) but not yet for reports and viewing of objects like Activities on the Contact Summary page as of 4.7.17


The following is an excerpt from the CiviCRM Multisite extension extension. If the extension is enabled but the current domain does not enforce multisite ACLs then the 'view all contacts' permission is determined based on the value of the 'view all contacts in domain' permission.

function multisite_civicrm_permission_check($permission, &$granted) {
  $isEnabled = civicrm_api('setting', 'getvalue', array(
      'version' => 3,
      'name' => 'is_enabled',
      'group' => 'Multi Site Preferences')
  if ($isEnabled == 0) {
    // Multisite ACLs are not enabled, so 'view all contacts in domain' cascades to 'view all contacts'
    // and the same is true for 'edit all contacts' - cf. CRM-19256
    if ($permission == 'view all contacts' && CRM_Core_Permission::check('view all contacts in domain')) {
      $granted = TRUE;
    } elseif ($permission == 'edit all contacts' && CRM_Core_Permission::check('edit all contacts in domain')) {
      $granted = TRUE;

The following example modifies permission access for the event participant listing page. The participant listing page is generally exposed on the front of the site, and has a permission attached to it. But that permission is universal – if a user is granted access via that permission, they can view participant listings for all events that are configured with that feature. In the example below, we disable that permission by default, and when that page is accessed, determine if the logged in user should be granted access based on other criteria. For the sake of simplicity the purpose of the helper functions are explained but not detailed in full.

function eventmgmt_civicrm_permission_check($permission, &$granted) {
  if (_eventmgmt_isParticipantListing()) {
    if ($permission == 'view event participants' &&
    ) {
      $granted = true;

function _eventmgmt_isParticipantListing() {
  //determine if the page being accessed is a participant listing page

function _eventmgmt_isEventMgr() {
  //determine if the logged in user should be granted access to this particular event's participant listing page (i.e. they are an "event manager")