Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)
New Application Period---November 1st through April 30th
Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, Public Law 105-391 (Section 418), authorizes the National Park Service (NPS) to issue commercial use authorizations (CUAs) to persons (referring to individuals, corporations, and other entities) to provide commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. CUAs provide a means to authorize suitable commercial services to visitors in park areas. The CUA is used to provide for incidental use of park area resources by operators who provide commercial services originating and terminating outside of the park area (Out-of-Park-Services). The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided.
The National Park Service, Alaska Region has established a specific time period for submitting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations:
NEW Application Period----November 1st through April 30th (See NPS Memo for details)
A fully completed application packet including insurance, fee payment and other required documentation must be received or postmarked by the April 30th deadline.
You may apply for either a one- or two-year CUA for all park units with the exception of Denali and Kenai Fjords.
a) CUA’s for Denali can only be issued for one year at a time, regardless of the type of service.
b) CUA’s for Mountaineering Guide service in Kenai Fjords can only be issued for one-year at a
time; all others for Kenai Fjords can be either a one or two-year CUA.
Important--Applications received or postmarked after April 30th and will not be accepted. Rare exceptions may be made if there are extenuating circumstances involved or if the application is to provide an approved service not currently offered by other commercial operators.Â Any request for a waiver based upon extenuating circumstances must be submitted in writing and approved by the park Superintendent(s). Note: Denali Winter Road-based Vehicle Tours & Denali Dog Sled Freight CUAs are exempt from the application timeline and will be accepted year-round.
Information to Assist with Completion of Application
- List of Approved Activities & Group Size Limits - check to see if the service you are requesting is currently an authorized service.
- Checklist for Submitting CUA Applications - use this checklist to ensure you are submitting a complete application
- Fee Schedule - The application fee is due with the application; other fees may be applicable as note
- Insurance Requirements - the NPS has specific insurance requirements that vary by types of service
- Stipulations for Operating under a CUA
Application Forms & Instructions
- Instructions for CUA Application
- Application Form for Commercial Use Authorization (Fillable Version)
- Application Form for Commercial Use Authorization (Non-Fillable Version)
- Supplemental Information for All CUA Applicants (required)
- Denali Mountaineering (Additional Application information required for Mountaineering in Denali)
- Kenai Fjords Mountaineering ( (Additional Application info required for Mountaineering in Kenai Fjords) )
- Amending a CUA Request Form
Laws, Regulations, Policies
- Director's Orders and Related Documents
- Simplified Concession Contract Regulations
- Standard Concession Contract Regulations
- 36 CFR 51 Regulations for Concessions
- Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998
- Alaska Native Interest Lands Conservation Act, Sec 1307
- Public Law 105-391, Sec. 418. Commercial Use Authorizations
- NPS Management Policies
- Revocation Policy (CUA)
- Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Interim Guidelines
- Firearms Information--State Laws & Regulations
- Firearms Information--Federal Laws & Regulations
Doing Business With the Parks
Please visit the individual park websites below for more information on Doing Business with the National Parks.