Doing Business with Us

The National Park Service works with private businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals to preserve natural and cultural resources and to create enjoyable experiences for you and millions of park visitors. Learn more about the types of business-related opportunities we offer.

What We Do With You

Are you interested in offering services to park visitors? The National Park Service works with over 5,000 businesses to provide high-quality visitor experiences, ranging from lodging to recreational tours, through concession contracts and commercial use authorizations.

  • Concession contracts are longer-term contracts offering visitor services that, with a few exceptions, take place solely within the park. Learn more about current and upcoming concession opportunities.
  • Commercial Use Authorizations are short-term agreements that allow a commercial operator incidental use of the park. Find out how to get a commercial use authorization.
  • Are you interested in providing the National Park Service with supplies, services, or construction projects? Learn about contracting and procurement opportunities with the National Park Service.
  • Are you looking for project funding and financial assistance opportunities for historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, education or community engagement projects? Learn about the National Park Service’s cooperative agreement and grant programs.
  • Are you planning a wedding or a First Amendment activity in a national park? Are you interested in filming or taking professional photos in national parks? Whether you’re filming a major motion picture or hosting a special event, you will likely need a permit. Learn how to apply for a permit for special park uses and commercial filming.

Special Opportunities

United States Semiquincentennial Commission

On November 15, 2017, the Department of the Interior issued a request for proposal seeking a nonprofit partner to serve as secretariat and administrator of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission and assist in to coordinating activities to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States in 2026.

The selected nonprofit organization, acting as secretariat for the commission, will perform duties which include:

  • Serving as the commission’s point of contact for all State, local, international and private sector initiatives regarding the Semiquincentennial of the founding of the United States, with the purpose of coordinating and facilitating all fitting and proper activities honoring the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
  • Raising all funds required for the commission’s work. All expenditures of the commission shall be made solely from these donated funds.
  • Providing the commission financial and administrative services, including services related to budgeting, accounting and financial reporting, personnel, and procurement. Payments to provide these services shall be made in advance, or by reimbursement, from funds of the commission in such amounts as may be agreed on by the chairperson of the commission and the secretariat of the commission.
  • Housing the administrative offices of the commission. The administrative offices must be located in Washington, DC.
  • Organizing meetings for the commission. The Act states that all meetings shall be convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Further information regarding this opportunity and instructions on how to bid can be found in the Request for Proposal (8.3MB PDF). Proposals are due by December 29, 2017.

Contracting and Procurement

National parks have buildings to construct, roads to pave, wastewater treatment plants to operate, and leaky roofs to repair. NPS offices purchase furniture, vehicles, office equipment and a host of other products. The National Park Service issues all bids and requests for proposals through the federal government's electronic business portals.

Learn More

Contact

Contracting and Procurement Office
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
e-mail us

National Park Concessions

Food, lodging, tours, whitewater rafting, boating, and many other recreational activities and amenities in more than 100 national parks are provided by private businesses. The services, offered by more than 480 concessioners, gross more than $1 billion every year and provide jobs for more than 25,000 people during peak season.

Learn More

Contact

Commercial Services Program
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop 2225
Washington, DC 20240
202-513-7156
e-mail us

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)

A Commercial Use Authorization allows an individual, group, company or other for-profit entity to commercially operate within a National Park Service area. CUAs are managed at the park level so application processes and fees may vary. See the commercial use authorizations page for more information.

Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Financial Assistance)

The National Park Service provides funds to non-federal entities to undertake projects with a distinct public purpose through financial assistance. We provide funding through a variety of programs, ranging from researching natural and cultural resource conservation techniques to providing educational opportunities and funding community engagement projects. Financial assistance opportunities are posted on www.grants.gov.

Special Park Uses and Commercial Filming

Often, businesses consider national parks appealing settings to shoot commercials or major motion pictures, to photograph models for catalogs or kids for their school pictures (see commercial filming and still photograph information). Couples choose national parks as beautiful wedding venues. The NPS requires permits for activities like these to make sure they do not unduly interfere with park visitors' access and enjoyment.

Other activities that require special use permits include:

  • Special events
  • First Amendment activities (rallies, demonstrations)
  • Right-of-way permits (utilities, telecommunications, roads)
  • Other non-visitor activities on park land

Permit applications are available through each park's administrative office (and may be available on park websites). Use our online search to find the park's website, which includes contact information.