Commercial Use Authorizations

Commercial use authorizations (CUAs) are one method of authorizing commercial visitor services.

  • The maximum term for CUAs at CALO is one year.
  • There is no right or guarantee of renewal. Permittee must reapply for a new CUA for succeeding periods upon expiration of the current CUA.
  • CUAs are issued for a yearly fee. The current fee is $475.
  • An application fee of $75 applies. (non-refundable)
  • CUAs are not considered concession contracts. These services need not be "necessary" but are "appropriate" services that may enhance the visitor experience, and have been determined to have minimal impact on resources and park values.
  • Commercial business activity is prohibited within the park unless a CUA has been granted by the park (36 CFR Sec. 5.3).
CUA Directory -- Find contact information for current Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) holders

Commercial Use Authorization Information

Park-Specific Provisions
CUAs apply only to those federal parks, preserves, monuments, and historic sites administered by the National Park Service (NPS).

CUA Fees
The authority for the National Park Service (NPS) to impose user charges to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found in 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 16 U.S.C. 3a. Fees for CUAs are non-refundable. Monitoring fees may apply. The monitoring fee is determined by tracking how much it actually costs the park to monitor and/or perform needed functions to properly manage the commercial use. If applicable, you will receive a bill for collection for the monitoring fee.

CUA Application and Yearly Fees: This fee covers the costs associated with the administrative process of preparing and issuing the CUA, including National Environmental Policy Act and cultural compliance approval if applicable. This fee includes the cost of operating. The CUA fee and application fee should be submitted along with your application form. Make your remittance payable to the National Park Service.

The 2020 annual fee is $475. All CUAs will be written to expire on December 31, 2020, with the exception of waterfowl guiding. The 2020 fee for Waterfowl Guiding is $237.50 and the season runs six months from September 1 of the current year until February 28 of the next year.

Liability Insurance
The NPS requires all permittees to carry liability insurance.

Reporting Requirements
Annual Survey Report: The annual survey report (Attachment D of the permit) for 2020 CUAs is due by January 15, 2021 (submit this form after your season of operation). Failure to return this form by the due date is grounds for revocation or non-renewal of your CUA.

CUA Documents

CUA Permit Letter 2017 (pdf, 95 Kb)
CUA Application Package (2017) (pdf, 295 Kb)

Information requests, application packages, and other forms should be submitted to:

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Attn: Katherine Cushinberry, Administrative Officer
131 Charles Street
Harkers Island, NC 28531

(252) 728-2250 extension 8899
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Last updated: October 20, 2023

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