CUA Program Updates
As part of a larger effort to streamline and modernize the National Park Service (NPS) commercial use authorization (CUA) program, the NPS has developed on online system designed to process CUA applications and collect required CUA reports. NPS hosted a public comment period from July 26, 2023, through September 20, 2023, to solicit comments about the online system. Thank you to all who provided comments.
NPS will initiate its online system roll-out for the 2024 CUA season and by the 2025 CUA season, all national parks will be using the system. Glacier National Park has opted to participate in the initial system roll-out for the 2024 Spring/Summer CUA season and will begin accepting CUA applications through the online system starting on December 01, 2023.
The online system includes a standard CUA application fee. National parks using the online system for the 2024 CUA season must charge a minimum of $350 per CUA application. Parks electing to use the system for the 2024 CUA season that have historically charged a CUA application fee greater than $350, may continue to charge that application fee for the 2024 CUA season. For the 2024 CUA season, Glacier National Park will charge a $550 CUA application fee.
For the 2025 CUA season, the standard CUA application fee across all national parks will be $350 for the first application submitted by the applicant and $250 for subsequent applications from the same applicant to the same park. Application fees will be collected through the system upon application submission.
Note that this system roll-out will NOT affect road-based commercial tour operators. The NPS will develop an online system specific to those operators and will not roll-out that system until the 2025 season.
Winter CUA applications will be accepted between October 20, 2023 - Debember 6, 2023 via the historic application process. The park will process incomplete applications until January 6, 2024. Applications that have not been completed by January 6, 2024 will not be issued a Winter CUA for 2023/2024 season.
Last updated: December 7, 2023