Commercial Use Authorizations and Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits:
The National Park Service (NPS) requires permits for business activities in NPS areas to protect the park visitor, the business operator, and the federal government from liability, and to ensure that commercial activities in the parks are appropriate. Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 5.3 prohibits business activity in NPS areas without a permit.
The NPS manages commercial activities within its units in order to protect the resources, prevent conflicts with visitors and to provide services and activities that enhance the park's mission. Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA's) are utilized for a commercial activity that starts outside of the park, is conducted in the park, and then terminates outside of the park. CUA's are issues only to those commercial activities that support or complement the park's mission and goals. There is a $200 annual fee for a CUA. To apply for a CUA, click here.
All commercial filming requires a permit, Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. It does not include news coverage or visitor use. To obtain an application for a Commercial Filming and Still Photography permit, click here.