Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) General Information

Commercial Carriers

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.

Defined as any type of motor vehicle used for commercial transportation service in which visitors are conveyed into and/or out of any GGNRA area for a direct or indirect fee and, except for on-board interpretative services, no other services are provided. This definition includes sedans, SUVs, minivans, vans, mini-buses, motor coaches and limousines used for commercial transportation services.

A company is required to obtain a CUA if it offers commercial transportation services within GGNRA, regardless of visit frequency.
Effective May 15, 2018, a CUA is required for
all companies offering such services, regardless of visit frequency.

CUA applications are received on a rolling-basis and 2019-2020 CUAs will expire on June 30th, 2020.

We are now accepting 2020-2021 CUA applications.

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.

Click Here to Download the 2020-2021 Commercial Carrier CUA Application
Use this application for commercial transportation services from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Click Here to see the list of our active Commercial Carriers

 

Guided Services

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.

Click Here to Download the 2020-2021 Guided Services CUA Application

 

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.

Click here to download the 2020-2021 Outdoor Fitness CUA Application

 

CUA Insurance

CUA 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.
 

Contact Information

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.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Attn: Business Management
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123

e-mail us or (415) 561-4948

Thank you for your interest in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a unit of your National Park Service.

Last updated: April 6, 2021

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Phone:

(415) 561-4700

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