Commercial Use Authorizations
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) authorizes suitable commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided.
Through the use of approximately 300 commercial use authorizations, the National Park Service, Alaska Region provides commercial visitor services that are appropriate for public use and enjoyment.
Laws, Regulations & Policies
- Sec. 418. Commercial Use Authorizations - page 20 of PDF.
- NPS Management Policies
- Firearms Information--State Laws & Regulations
- Firearms Information--Federal Laws & Regulations
- Compendiums for Alaska Park Units
- Revocation Policy (CUA)
- Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Interim Guidelines
- Insurance Requirements
Application Forms and Instructions for Commercial Use Authorization
To apply for a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA), carefully read the instructions, park-specific stipulations, and complete the application. CUAs may be issued for up to (2) two years.
- CUA Instructions
- CUA Application (Fillable Version).
- CUA Application (Print & Mail Version)
- Denali Mountaineering Supplemental Application (required if applying for Mountaineering Service);
Note: CUAs for Mountaineering Guiding in Denali will be limited to a term of one year.
- Fee Schedule & Payment Methods
- Entrance Fee- Denali National Park & Preserve, PRE-PAY ONLINE
Park-Specific Operating Stipulations
The NPS has developed standard conditions and park-specific stipulations by which CUA Holders must adhere to while operating under the CUA. It is very important that applicants read and understand these stipulations/conditions and park compendiums prior to applying for the CUA.
Activity-Specific Operating Stipulations (Denali & Glacier Bay)
MAPS (click on link to view/print maps)
Activity Summary Reports (electronic version preferred)
Activity Report Forms (Required regardless of whether CUA was used).
As a condition of the CUA, each holder is required to submit an activity summary report and gross receipt report form by November 15th of each year. These reports should be submitted regardless of whether the holder used the authorization. Reports are to be received by November 15th of each year unless specified otherwise in the park-specific stipulations below. This includes the Gross Receipt Report form below.
Licensed Big Game Transport Reporting Requirements:
All Licensed Big Game Transporters (activity/service code “HT”) must submit a copy of their State of Alaska's Big Game Transporter Activity Report (Form #08-4349) to National Park Service, Concessions Division, 240 West 5th Avenue #114, Anchorage, AK 99501 by February 1st of each year for the preceding calendar year. The Report can also be faxed to 907-644-3813 or 644-3814 but must be received by February 1st. Failure to submit a copy
of the form to the NPS may result in suspension of the authorization.
Gross Receipt (Annual Survey) Report Forms
Doing Business With the Parks (CUA Related Info)
In addition to the Park-Specific Stipulations each park unit provides a website with additional park-specific CUA information, including park compendiums.