Commercial Use Authorization

Permit Information

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA), are a permit issued by the park Superintendent to allow certain commercial activities within the park. Permits are required of all operators who provide any goods, activities, agreements or other services to the general public which take place, at least in part, in the park, uses park resources and are undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization or corporation.

Commercial aspects, such as advertising, negotiation of compensation, and receipt of money/compensation must occur outside of the park.

Year-round permits coincide with our fiscal year, starting October 1 and ending September 30 of the following year. Permits may also be issued for one-time use.

Application Instructions

To apply, mail:
Application (see below)
$300 application fee (non-refundable)
Proof of Insurance, meeting requirements
Allow 4-6 weeks for processing

Basic Requirements

  • Meet all insurance requirements over duration of permit.
  • Comply with all park rules and permit conditions.
  • Submit accurate Annual Report within 60 days of permit expiration.

Permit Fees

Application Fee is $300 annually. Permits will not be renewed from previous years; every commercial operator will need to submit an application for a permit for each fiscal year they operate.

  • No additional fee for the permit

  • Cost-Recovery Fee
    A cost-recovery fee, to recover costs associated with the administration and management of the CUA program. Fees will be based on a percentage of revenue earned from in-park or park-based operations. Market price fees will be based on the following:

    • Less than $250,000 earned from park-based operations: 3% of gross receipts (minus application fee)
    • $250,000-$500,000 earned from park-based operations: 4% of gross receipts (minus application fee)
    • More than $500,000 earned from park-based operations: 5% of gross receipts (minus application fee)
  • This will be included as part of the annual report and a check for the appropriate amount should accompany the annual report.

For more information on market based fees, please see



Contact Us

If you have any questions concerning the Commercial Use Authorization program at Big Bend,

please contact:

Kelly VandenBerg
CUA Coordinator Assistant

Last updated: February 22, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129



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