Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)
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.
TERM: 1 year for Denali National Park & Preserve AND 1 or 2 years for All Other Park Units.
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
Doing Business With the Parks
Please visit the individual park websites below for more information on Doing Business with the National Parks.