Doing Business with Us

National parks offer stunning scenery and authentic history…and many of the services of a small city to help visitors enjoy their park experience.

National Park Concessions

Food, lodging, tours, whitewater rafting, boating, and many other recreational activities and amenities in more than 100 national parks are managed by private businesses under contract to the National Park Service. The services, provided by more than 600 "concessioners," gross more than $1 billion every year and provide jobs for more than 25,000 people during peak season.

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Commercial Services Program
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 513-7156
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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.

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Contact

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

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)

A Commercial Use Authorization authorizes an individual, group, company or other for-profit entity to provide specific visitor services and 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.

Commercial Tour Fees

Are you a business operating a road-based commercial tour and want to visit a national park? Business operators and tour companies must apply for a CUA, pay an annual CUA fee, and pay the commercial tour fee for entrance in parks that charge an entrance fee. See the commercial use authorizations page for more information.

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.