Commercial Use Authorizations

Due to an unanticipated staffing shortage, permit processing is delayed.
  • First Amendment applications take precedence.
  • Complete applications received prior to February 14, 2020, will be processed within 30 days.
  • Complete applications received after February 14, 2020, will be processed within 30-45 days and complex permit requests may take 60-90 days.
  • Incomplete application packages will receive one notification of missing items before being denied. Once missing documentation is received, the application will be processed within 30-45 days.
  • More Details Here >
 
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Updates to conduct business in Grand Canyon National Park


Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are required for all commercial visitor services provided by a company or organization not based in the park.

  • You must be in possession of a valid permit if you wish to conduct business inside Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Make sure to apply 4 weeks before your first trip/event. Expect your permit to be ready approximately 30 days from when you submit a complete packet.
  • Please be sure to fill in ALL the blanks in your application forms. Type forms. Incomplete packets will not be processed until complete.
    • One of the best ways to get a permit quickly is under your control: read directions carefully and present us with a complete packet. Less than 5% of our applications are complete.
    • Applications cannot be expedited. We receive hundreds of applications each year, especially in winter and spring, and process complete applications in the order they are received.
  • 2019 Annual Reports are due January 31, 2020. (Note: each CUA needs a separate annual report.)
    • If we do not receive your annual report by the due date, your 2020 CUA will be revoked.
    • Do NOT send your market price payment with the annual report. 2019 rates are full percentage market price and will be calculated after we receive your annual report.
  • CUAs are valid for the calendar year only. Companies will need to reapply each year. No renewal reminders are sent. Please refer to this website for any relevant updates.

To apply for a CUA, please click here.

 
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E-BIKE REGULATIONS:
E-bikes are not allowed for commercial use in Grand Canyon National Park.

MARKET PRICE FEES:
In order to collect the Market Price Management Fee for applicable 2019 CUA holders, the permits office needs first to review your submitted Annual Report. The Annual Report is due January 31 of the next year. After reviewing each CUA holder's annual report, the permits office will send a separate email with the Market Price Calculator. CUA holders will use this calculator to confirm the total CUA fees due (gross reciepts earned minus the application fee). This payment process will be through Pay.gov and is separate from current application fees.

COMMERCIAL ENTRANCE FEE:
Commercial entrance fee changes are delayed until January 1, 2021. Current entrance fees are based on seating capacity.

Bus drivers must pay for each new client load they bring in. Receipts cannot be used for multiple busloads of clients. For example, a driver brings in 30 clients from LA one day, drops them off and the next day has a group of 34 clients from Las Vegas. The receipt for the LA clients is good for 7 days, but only with that particular client group. The bus driver cannot use the receipt from the LA clients to enter with the Vegas clients.

TUWEEP CUA:
Please contact the permitting office for the 10-115 form, or the specific application form. e-mail us for more information.

SHUTTLE AND MOTORCYCLE TOUR CUAs:
Contact the Commercial Services Office: e-mail us

 
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Backcountry campsite

Backcountry Camping Permits
for Overnight Backpacking Operators


In addition to the CUA, Backpacking CUA holders are required to obtain all necessary backcountry camping permits from the Backcountry Information Center. Find more information about Backpacking Permits on the Backcountry Permits page.

CUA Backcountry Permit Request Form (400kb PDF File)

 
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Due to an unanticipated staffing shortage, permit processing is delayed.
  • First Amendment applications take precedence.
  • Complete applications received prior to February 14, 2020, will be processed within 30 days.
  • Complete applications received after February 14, 2020, will be processed within 30-45 days and complex permit requests may take 60-90 days.
  • Incomplete application packages will receive one notification of missing items before being denied. Once missing documentation is received, the application will be processed within 30-45 days.
  • More Details Here >

Last updated: January 29, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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