Please note that the National Park Service has issued COVID-19-related safety guidance for CUA holders. For more information about this guidance please Click Here to View COVID-19 Transportation Guidance.
A company is required to obtain a CUA if it offers commercial transportation services within GGNRA, regardless of visit frequency.
CUA applications are received on a rolling-basis and 2019-2020 CUAs will expire on June 30th, 2020.
CUAs are not required for vehicles supporting school or nonprofit programs, MUNI or other public transportation vehicles, delivery, vendor or contractor vehicles, and taxis.
GGNRA appreciates the role of commercial transportation services in bringing visitors to the park, and operators are expected to learn and understand the associated rules, regulations, and policies.
Defined as any type of guided commercial activity provided to GGNRA area visitors for a direct or indirect fee or charge. This definition includes but is not limited to hiking, biking, kayaking, or horseback riding instruction, education and motivational exercises for groups of all sizes, including individual coaching.
You are required to obtain a CUA if your company offers guided commercial activities within GGNRA more than four times per year. Applications are received on a rolling-basis; however, all permits expire on November 15th.
Outdoor Fitness Operators
Defined as any type of commercial guided exercise activity provided to GGNRA visitors for a direct or indirect fee or charge.This definition includes but is not limited to fitness instruction, education and motivational exercises for groups up to 30 people, including individual coaching.
You are required to obtain a CUA if your company offers outdoor fitness programs within GGNRA more than one time per week or more than four times per month. Applications are received on a rolling-basis; however, all permits expire on August 15th.
CUA InsuranceCUA holders must carry appropriate liability insurance and provide the NPS with proof of that insurance. You also may be required to hold other types of liability insurance depending on the type of CUA you have (e.g., commercial automobile insurance). Please read the CUA Insurance Guidance (.pdf, 264 KB) to understand these additional requirements and refer to the application materials for the specific type of CUA for which you are applying for more information.
You cannot require visitors to sign a waiver of liability statement, insurance disclaimer, or indemnification agreement. If you provide high-risk services, you may advise visitors of risks associated with the activity through the use of a visitor acknowledgement of risk form (VAR)(.pdf, 132 KB). If you wish to modify the VAR you may not include "waiver of liability" language and must have park approval before using the modified form.
The Business Management Division office is located on the San Francisco Bay in Fort Mason at the intersection of Bay and Franklin. Our office is located in building 201 (GGNRA headquarters) and is generally accessible to persons with disabilities. Permit applications should be submitted via U.S. Postal Mail to the Business Management Division at the address below. Payment must be made via check. At this time, we cannot accept credit cards for CUA permits. If you are unable to download an application, we are happy to send you one via fax, email, or postal mail.
Last updated: April 6, 2021