Businesses in Gates of the Arctic
Although remote and undeveloped, many companies provide commercial visitor services in or to Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, some more limited than others. These services are limited to those companies having specific authorization, usually in the form of a Concession Contract or Permit or Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) (previously called Incidental Business Permit). In Gates of the Arctic, as in all national parks, commercial business activities are limited and require specific authorization and approval from the National Park Service before any guided activity or business can occur.
View a list of authorized guiding services in Gates of the Arctic.
Doing Business in National Parks Throughout Alaska
- Own a business? Check out a guide to obtaining commercial visitor services permits and licenses on public and native owned lands of Alaska.
- Commercial visitor services in Alaska Parks have specific rights and regulations provided under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Section 1307. The Federal Register notice of regulations regarding commercial visitor services related to this section of the act are 36 CFR subpart D final regs.
- National Park Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998—The Senate passed a Park Concessions Bill, S. 1693, Public Law: 105-391 (11/13/98), also known as the "Thomas Bill," improving the management of national parks. This bill is the first major change in more than three decades in the way concessions contracts are awarded and ensures that all important future contracts will be awarded through competitive bidding, which will provide better service to the visiting public and a better return to the taxpayers. New concession regulations needed as a result of this bill are in the works.
Commercial Use Authorizations
The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA), established in 2006, replaces the Incidental Business Permit (IBP). The CUA authorizes incidental commercial visitor services that begin and end outside the park. The number of businesses authorized is currently not limited.The National Park Service Alaska Region Office of Concessions manages the CUA program for all national parks in Alaska.
- View a list of authorized guiding services in Gates of the Arctic.
- Commercial operators interested in obtaining a CUA should complete the Commercial Use Application Form and mail it to the address on the form.
- The CUA Revocation Policy provides guidelines about suspending, restricting, or revoking Commercial Use Authorizations.
- Non-profits interested in acquiring a CUA should contact us.