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Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit necessary to conduct business in the park in any way. Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, Public Law 105–391 (Section 418), authorizes (but does not require) the NPS, upon request, to issue commercial use authorizations (CUAs) to persons (referring to individuals, corporations and other entities) to provide commercial services to park visitors in limited circumstances. CUAs, although used to authorize commercial services to park visitors, are not concession contracts and are not transferable.

CUAs are intended to provide a simple means to authorize the provision of suitable commercial services to park visitors. The CUA legislation contains limited circumstances in that commercial services

  1. do not use fixed commercial facilities within a national park unit,
  2. the commercial activity originates and terminates outside the park area,
  3. no money changes hands on park lands, including park waters, and
  4. no commercial solicitation occurs on park lands, including park waters.

Open the Commercial Use Authorization Instructions. (PDF, revised 04/07/2015)

Open the Application for Commercial Use Authorization form. (PDF, revised 04/02/2015)

Open the 2015 Conditions of This Authorization. (PDF, revised 04/07/2015)

Open the Frequently Asked Questions. (PDF, revised 04/02/2015)

Questions should be directed to the Special Park Uses Program Coordinator. This position is located in the Superintendent’s Office at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and may be contacted by phone at 678-538-1210.


Watercraft Rental, Retail and other Services

The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus for solicitation of offers for a 10 year concession contract to provide for watercraft rental, retail and Other Services at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. For more information visit the Federal Business Opportunities website at Visit the NPS Commercial Services website at to download a copy of the prospectus.

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