Commercial Use Authorizations
What is a CUA?
A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. The National Park Service (NPS) issues CUAs to manage a wide-range of commercial visitor services.
Why does the National Park Service require CUAs?
The requirement is in 36 CFR 5.3 - It is illegal to conduct business in a park area without a permit, contract, or other written agreement. Additionally, Public Law 105-391 Section 418, passed in 1998, provides NPS the authority to issue CUAs to allow business operations and requires NPS to collect a reasonable fee for CUA administration and management.
Do I need a CUA?
You may not conduct commercial activities in a park unit without a valid CUA.
A CUA is required if you provide any goods, activities, services, agreements, or other function for members, clients, or the public that:
How to Apply:
Download the application and follow the instructions on the form. Submit the completed application to the email or physical address on the form.
Primary point of contact:
Commercial Services Program Manager
Last updated: May 23, 2022