Doing Business With The Park

Commercial Use Authorizations

What is a Commercial Use Authorization?

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) permits businesses to conduct commercial activities in the Seashore through Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs). The Seashore will only issue CUAs for activities that are

  1. determined to be an appropriate use of the Seashore;
  2. will have minimal impact on Seashore resources and values; and
  3. are consistent with the Seashore’s purpose, management plans, policies and regulations.

Which commercial activities are permitted?

Service Allowable Activities
Beach Fire Services

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Set-up and take-down of beach fires for clients in designated areas in accordance with Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach Fire Regulations
  • Assisting clients with obtaining a fee-free Beach Fire Permit and educating clients on Beach Fire Regulations
  • Associated interpretive programs or demonstrations
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
  • Associated photography services
Guided Fishing Services

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Fishing instruction for individuals and/or groups
  • Commerical transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
  • Launching and use of non-motorized watercraft (kayaks, canoes, and/or stand-up paddleboards (SUPs))
  • Launching and use of motorized vessel (excluding personal watercraft such as Jet Skis™) via designated public boat launch sites
  • Associated photography services
Guided Horseback Tours

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Horseback riding and instruction
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
  • Associated photography services
Guided Waterfowl Hunting

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Waterfowl hunting instruction for individuals and/or groups
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
  • Launching and use of non-motorized watercraft (kayaks and/or canoes)
  • Launching and use of motorized vessel (excluding personal watercraft such as Jet Skis™) via designated public boat launch sites
  • Associated photography services
Interpretive and Educational Programs

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Formal interpretive programs such as tours, walks, talks, or hikes
  • Historical demonstrations such as fish-net mending or U.S. Life Saving Service beach apparatus drill
  • Recreational skill demonstrations such as bird watching or night sky/astronomy programs
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
  • Associated photography services
Non-Motorized Boat Tours

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Associated photography services
Off-Road Vehicle Driving Tours

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
  • Associated photography services
  • Associated services such as on-board interpretation, box lunches, and walking tours of park areas
Outdoor Fitness Classes

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Personal Training
  • Group or individual exercise classes similar to the options listed above
  • Associated photography services
Photography Instruction

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Photography instruction for individuals and/or groups
  • Associated walking tours
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s on roads to and/or within the park
Road-Based Commercial Tours and Transportation

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s on roads to and within the park
  • Associated services such as on-board interpretation, box lunches, and walking tours of park areas
Watersport Instruction

Application Fee: $200.00
  • Kitesurfing
  • Kiteboarding
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Associated photography services
  • Commercial transportation of participant/s via Off-Road Vehicle/s (ORVs) on designated ORV ramps and routes
 

How do I obtain a Commercial Use Authorization?

Before conducting commercial activities in the Seashore, businesses or individuals must submit a CUA application, receive approval from the Seashore superintendent, and have a copy of the CUA present at all times while conducting business in the Seashore. Businesses and individuals may not conduct commercial activities in the Seashore without a valid CUA or in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the CUA.

Application Instructions:

1. Download the CUA Application.

2. Complete and sign the CUA Application (electronically or in writing)

3. Submit the completed form via email to caha_commercial_services@nps.gov.

4. Submit the application fee of $200 via check, along with a paper copy of the completed application form, via mail to:

National Park Service Outer Banks Group
c/o Management Analyst
1401 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954

Application Review Process:

  • The Seashore requires at least 4 weeks to process a completed CUA application
  • Applications are reviewed in the order they are received
  • Applicants may receive follow-up emails or phone calls with requests for additional information
  • Applicants will receive approval, denial or requests for modifications to the proposed commercial activities no later 6 weeks after receipt of the completed application and application fee

For questions regarding Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) and doing business in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, email caha_commercial_services@nps.gov or call 252-475- 9033 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, Eastern Standard Time, excluding federal holidays.

Last updated: November 20, 2017

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