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Commercial Use Authorizations

What is a Commercial Use Authorization?

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a business permit with the National Park Service. It authorizes you to conduct commercial activities and to provide specific visitor services within a national park. We will only issue CUAs for activities that:

You must have a CUA if you or your organization provide services that:

  • take place at least in part in the National Park area,
  • use park resources, and
  • result in monetary gain.

You may not conduct commercial activities in the park without a valid CUA or in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the CUA.

 

Changes for 2019

  • New Tours CUA and Transportation CUA
  • Entrance fees for Transportation and Still Photography Instruction will be $10 per person to be the same as non-commercial entrance fees. Tour CUAs will remain a flat fee for 2019.
  • New Commercial Use Authorization conditions
  • For questions or comments, call 435-719-2123 or email us.
 

Authorized Services

Hovenweep National Monument authorizes the following commercial services with an approved Commercial Use Authorization:

Road-based Commercial Tours

Non-road-based Tours

  • Still Photography Instruction
    Conditions [88k PDF]

You must have a separate CUA for each individual service.

 

How much does a CUA cost?

The annual fee is $300 per CUA for each national park area listed in the application. Payment must be processed through Pay.gov.

The National Park Service is authorized to recover, associated management and administrative costs associated with CUAs. The CUA fee covers the costs of processing and administering your application as well as overseeing the operational, safety, and environmental requirements stipulated in the permit.

 

Do CUA holders have to pay an entrance fee?

Yes. Fees depend on the type of service you offer.

Tour CUA holders:
Pay the commercial tour entrance fee each time you enter the park. Annual and lifetime passes do not apply.

Current entrance fees (per vehicle) based on vehicle size:

  • Vehicle capacity of 1 to 6 passengers: $25 + $10 per person, not to exceed $40
  • Vehicle capacity of 7 to 25: $40
  • Vehicle capacity of 26+: $100

Transportation CUA holders,
Still Photography CUA holders:

Pay the park’s per-person entrance fee for your clients; participants may use valid entrance fee receipts, annual or lifetime passes.

Current entrance fees:

  • $10 per person
 

How do I apply for a CUA?

Applications must be received by March 15, 2019.

Step 1

  • Download and complete the CUA application [1.4MB Word document]
  • A single application can be used to request CUA(s) for: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument.

Step 2

  • Pay a non-refundable fee of $300 for each type of commercial service you are providing.
  • Applicants should submit payments via Pay.gov only. Do not send checks. To make a payment:
    • Search for "SEUG" in the pay.gov search window.
    • Payment will be made at: Canyonlands and Arches National Park Commercial Use Authorization - click on "continue to the form."
    • Do not enter a permit number (not applicable).
    • Enter a total dollar amount of $300 for each commercial service in each park you are applying for.
    • Save your payment confirmation; you will submit this with your application.
    • For more information view payment instructions [731k PDF]

Step 3

Submit the following to the commercial services email address listed in the application document. If you have questions, call 435-719-2123.

  1. Your completed CUA application
  2. Payment confirmation. Include the Pay.gov confirmation of payment.
  3. A current General Liability Certificate of Insurance documenting adequate General Liability coverage for the type of activity you will be conducting. The minimum coverage for commercial use is $1,000,000. The insurance certificate must name the United States of America as an additional insured as well as specify that the service authorized by the permit is covered by the insurance policy.
  4. Current automobile liability insurance that complies with the minimum coverage required by Utah State law. The insurance certificate must name the United States of America as additional insured. See CUA conditions above for minimums.
  5. Copies of CPR/First cards for guides of non-road-based CUA activities. At least one guide in each day-use, non-road-based CUA group must have a American Red Cross Standard First Aid Card or its equivalent and a current CPR card in his/her possession while in the park. Copies of those cards must be sent in with your application. Road-based tours do not need to have a guide with first aid or CPR card.

Incomplete packages cannot be processed.

 

How long does it take to get a CUA?

Please allow 10 working days to process a CUA application. We review applications in the order they are received.

 

What are the reporting requirements?

CUA holders must submit an annual report each year. This report is due at the end of season. This report provides the park with visitation statistics, reportable injury data, and a record of annual gross receipts.

Download Form 10-660 - CUA Annual Report [643k Word Document]

 

Changes for the 2020 Season

Beginning January 1, 2020, entrance fees will change to $15 per person for all Tour CUA holders, season passes will not apply.

 

Sample Acknowledgement of Risk Form

CUA holders may not require clients to sign a waiver of liability statement or form, insurance disclaimer and/or indemnification agreement. They may request or require clients to sign an acknowledgement of risk statement or form prior to participation. You can download a sample. [23k PDF]

Last updated: November 5, 2018

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