Commercial Use Authorizations

What is a CUA?

A commercial use authorization is a business permit with the National Park Service that authorizes an individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park area. The National Park Service will only issue CUAs for commercial activities and visitor services that:

  • are determined to be an appropriate use of Cumberland Island National Seashore;
  • will have minimal impact on Cumberland Island National Seashore's resources and values; and
  • are consistent with Cumberland Island National Seashore's purpose, management plans, policies, and regulations.
A CUA is required if you, as an individual, organization, or company, provide any goods, activities, services, agreements, or other function for members, clients, or the public that:
  • take place at least in part in Cumberland Island National Seashore,
  • use park resources, and
  • result in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit.

Businesses and individuals may not conduct commercial activities in the park without a valid CUA or in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the CUA.

CUA Fees

Application Fee: $200 Due for each CUA applied for

Download a Commercial Use Authorization Application

Submitting Your Application & Fee:

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Attn: commercial use authorization

101 Wheeler Street

St Marys, GA 31558

Commercial Filming & Photography

A Special Use Permit is required for these activities. Visit the Special Use Permit page to download an application and find out more.


COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance for Tour Busses

The National Park Service provides this guidance to inform tour operators on Covid-19 related public health requirements and guidelines.

Read Guidance Here

Last updated: March 14, 2022

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101 Wheeler St
St. Marys , GA 31558


912 882-4336

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