The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) permit program authorizes businesses to provide certain commercial services not typically provided by the concessioners within the boundaries of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Commercial Use Authorizations are two-year permits granted through the Business Management Office. Specific requirements for certifications and insurance must be met and maintained for the duration of the CUA.
Implementation of the National Park Service (NPS) standardized Road-based Commercial Tour (RBCT) Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Park Service wide program and changes to commercial tour entrance fees are delayed. This decision also delays implementation of increased commercial entrance fees. The Department of the Interior, NPS will provide more details in the future.
When the new policy is in effect, all Road-based Commercial Tour operators are required to apply for a Road-based Commercial Tour CUA for each park unit where they want to commercially operate.
A tour company uses a chartered transportation service to provide road-based tours in NPS.
Who Doesn't Need a Commercial Road-based Tour CUA?
Transportation-only services such as taxis, shuttles, and chartered motor coach* companies do not meet the definition of road-based commercial tours if those services are not prepackaged.
CUA Road-based Commercial Tour Fees
Road-based commercial tour operators will pay an annual $300 non-refundable CUA application fee for each submitted CUA application. 100% of collected CUA application fees stay within the park and are used to recover the administrative costs of receiving, reviewing, and processing CUA applications and required reports. The NPS will adjust this application fee periodically to account for increased costs including inflation.
Services Available In Glen Canyon
Check here for a full listing of Guided Services permitted to operate in Glen Canyon.
Check here for a full listing of Vessel Services permitted to operate in Glen Canyon.
Check here for a full listing of Mobile Food & Beverage Services permitted to operate in Glen Canyon.
Services Not Permitted
These types of commercial services are not offered through the CUA Program or authorized under any other permit from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area:
Apply for a New Permit
The first step in obtaining a CUA is the submission of a CUA application request form (pdf file). For more information, please contact the Commercial Use Authorizations Coordinator at 928-608-6325.
For Current CUA holders
All services, these forms are necessary for your business operations: Visitor's Acknowledgement of Risk
plus one of the following:
Guided Services - Fishing, Kayaking, Land Tours, Hiking, Photography, etc.: Annual Report
Vessel Services - Caretaking, Minor Repair, Launch & Retrieve, Marine Salvage: Annual Report
Retail Services - Mobile Food & Beverage Service: Annual Report
Beginning with operations in calendar year 2020, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area CUA permits will convert back to 2-year CUA permits, with operating years from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, Permit holders will be required to update CUA documents annually. Applications for CUA permits will be accepted at other times during the year, but all permits will expire on December 31, 2021. Application Fees for the first CUA Service Type will be $300 and each additional CUA type cost will be $100 for each year, regardless of when you apply.
Changes to CUA Fees Begin in 2019
Implementation of Percentage-Based CUA Fee at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is implementing changes to its Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program in multiple phases over the next two years. The National Park Service (NPS) is required to collect a reasonable fee for CUAs at an amount at least sufficient to recover the costs to the NPS in administering and managing CUAs (Public Law 105-391, Section 418).
Commercial Use Authorization Fee Change Factsheet
What will these changes do and why are they needed?
The CUA fee changes will achieve the following:
How will these changes affect smaller and larger CUA business models?
Larger CUA business models will see lower application fees, but could see increased Management Fees based on the Market Price Fee Table.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) permit program authorizes businesses to provide certain commercial services not typically provided by concessioners within the boundaries of a unit of the National Park Service.
There are two types of CUA fees. An Application Fee is a non-refundable fee assessed to recover administrative costs associated with reviewing and approving or denying applications for CUAs. The Management Fee is a type of fee to recover the actual costs incurred by all park divisions involved in support of the use, monitoring, clean-up, and restoration resulting from use. The Management Fee will be a “market price fee”, which is based on the percentage of gross receipts earned in-park or from park-dependent operations.
The Park introduced the changes to the CUA fee structure at the annual CUA meetings held in March, 2017. The Park provided nearly two years notice to companies operating under existing CUAs as changes will not be implemented until January 2019.
Due to the large volume of applications submitted to the park, a complete application packet must be received by November 15, 2018 in order to obtain a finalized CUA before January 1, 2019. Incomplete or late packets will not receive a CUA until after February 15, 2019. Regardless of when in 2019 a company wishes to operate in the park, a complete Annual Report including all financial reporting from 2018 must be received by January 30, 2019.
As the new requirements are implemented, notifications will be posted on our website and mailed and e-mailed to existing CUA holders. The Park will work with CUA holders on a case-by-case basis to issue pro-rated, gap permits as needed to transition to a calendar-year permitting schedule.
Commercial Use Authorizations may be issued only to authorize services that are determined to be an appropriate use of the park, will have minimal impact on park resources and values, and are consistent with the purpose for which the unit was established as well as all applicable management plans, park policies, and regulations. CUAs are not competitively awarded and are limited to what the economy can support unless specifically limited by the Park, are only two years in duration, and pay only Application and Management Fees.
Concession contracts are limited in number and scope, are competitively awarded, range from 10-20 years in length, and require the awardee to pay a Franchise Fee that is generally around 10%-15%. Concession contracts are limited to three category types: Category I contracts exist when a concessioner constructs capital improvements on park lands; Category II contracts exist when a concessioner operates on assigned land or in a government building but makes to construction or capital improvements to the property; and Category III contracts exist when the concessioner is assigned neither land nor buildings.
Existing CUA Service Types (subject to change)
Last updated: February 18, 2020