Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)
A Commercial Use is defined as any activities, services, agreements, or anything offered to park visitors and/or the general public for recreational purposes which uses park resources or is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation, whether or not such entity is organized for purposes recognized as non-profit under local, state, or federal law.
Visit our Commercial Use Authorizations page for more information.
Special Use Permits (SUP)
A Special Use Permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large and for activities that require some degree of management by the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest.
Activities and events that require Special Use Permits include:
- Fishing tournaments
- Renting a mooring buoy or dock slip
- First Amendment activities
- Special Events
A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required in National Park System units for most scientific activities pertaining to natural resources or social science studies that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitor experiences.
Visit our Science and Research page for more information.