CUA Program Updates
We are now issuing 2-year CUAs effective January 01, 2023 and expiring 12/31/2024. No matter when you apply for your CUA, the expiration date will be 12/31/2024.
Ex: Apply between Oct 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 for a CUA that expires 12/31/2024
Apply for 2023 CUA
Applications will only be accepted between October 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023.
2022 Annual Reports
Submit your completed Annual Report to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)?
Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 authorizes the NPS to issue CUAs to authorize a private person, corporation, or other entity to provide commercial visitor services in parks. Without a CUA, other permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States, such activities otherwise are prohibited under 36 CFR § 5.3.
What Laws Govern CUAs?
Congress enacted the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act (Public Law 105-391) to improve commercial services in the NPS. The law outlines the requirement for CUAs and provides the framework for the NPS CUA program.
A CUA does not exempt the holder or clients from NPS entrance fee requirements nor does it grant automatic access to areas controlled by reservation systems.
What Policies Govern CUAs?
In order to implement the requirements of the law, the NPS has a specific set of Management Policies that guide agency operations. These policies are an indispensable tool to help NPS employees manage parks responsibly and make rational, well-informed decisions. Chapter 10 of NPS Management Policies provides management guidance specific to commercial visitor services, including CUAs.
Who Needs a CUA?
CUAs are required if an operator provides goods or services to park visitors that:
You must be in possession of a valid CUA to conduct business in Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon National Park CUA Revocation and Suspension Policy
This policy memorandum is intended to provide guidance regarding the actions taken in the event of a permittee violation (as defined in this policy). The Superintendent, at his or her discretion, may take actions other than those identified and retains the authority to immediately suspend, restrict or revoke a CUA or deny a future CUA application for reasons not covered in this policy memorandum.
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Commercial Use Authorizations 2023-2024
This section will list valid CUA holders for January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024 that opted to be posted on the website.
Last updated: March 17, 2023