What is a Commercial Use Authorization and Why Would I Need One?
The CUA application period is open year-round.
When is the application period?
For what length of time is a CUA issued?CUAs are issued for a maximum one-year period. The operating year is from the date the permit is issued through December 31.
What are the fees for a CUA?A $50 application fee for each service category is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable.
Why does the park charge a fee for a CUA?National Park Service policy requires the superintendent to charge a reasonable fee for CUAs. The park retains such fees to help pay for the cost of the CUA program, including administration, evaluations, monitoring, and training.
How long does it take to obtain a CUA?You should anticipate that you will receive the issuance of a CUA a minimum of 30 business days from the time the park receives your CUA application. Delays will occur if application materials are not submitted accurately or completely, or if authorizations needing operator signature are not returned promptly.
When can I Apply for a Commercial Use Authorization?
A commercial operation that plans to conduct business inside the park throughout the year must submit their application between January 1 and March 31, annually. Applications received outside this time period will not be considered.
Applications for one-time business operations or special event vendors will be accepted year-round.