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 325 commercial use authorizations, the National Park Service, Alaska Region provides commercial visitor services that are necessary and appropriate for public use and enjoyment.
Laws, Regulations & Policies
Application Forms and Instructions
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.
- Instructions for CUA Application (Please read Instructions before applying for a CUA)
- Application For CUA (Printed Version) - OR - (Online Version)
- Denali Mountaineering Supplemental Application (required if applying for Mountaineering Service)
- Amend a Current CUA
- Fee Schedule & Payment Methods
- Entrance Fee- Denali National Park & Preserve, PRE-PAY ONLINE
End of Season Reporting (see Table below for forms)
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.
Big Game Transport Reporting Requirements:
Licensed Big Game Transporters
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 644-3801 but must be received by February 1st. Failure to submit a copy of the form to the NPS will result in suspension of the authorization.
Note: NEW & IMPROVED forms for Katmai & Lake Clark
Activity Report Forms
Gross Receipt Report Forms
MAPS (click on link to view/print maps)
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 Stipulations (Denali & Glacier Bay)
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.