What is a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)?
Public Law 105-391, Section 418, which was signed in 1998, provides for the issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) to a private person, corporation, or other entity to provide suitable commercial services for park area visitors. Commercial activities are generally prohibited in National Parks unless authorized by a CUA or concessions contract.
COVID-19 Operating Information
All commercial operators are independently responsible for understanding and complying with the most current applicable laws, regulations, orders, ordinances and other requirements and for conducting their operations in a manner that is safe and protects the health of employees, customers and the public.
This guidance could change if COVID-19 conditions become less favorable. Operators are responsible for staying up-to-date on the latest guidance.
The following list outlines some (but not all) applicable laws, public health orders, and guidance CUA holders must follow:
•NPS Requirements and Guidance: Public Health Information for the Park Partner Community (U.S. National Park Service)
•CDC Requirements and Guidance: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance
What Activities and Services are Authorized Through a CUA?
National Mall and Memorial Parks currently issues CUAs for the following activities: Pedicab operator, Guided Outdoor Fitness Classes, Water taxi
All CUAs are issued for up to one year. The CUA operating year is from January 1 to December 31. A $200 application fee is required, due with the application.
Apply for a CUA
a. NPS Form 10-550—CUA Application
b. Receipt for application fee payment made at Pay.gov
c. Commercial general liability insurance certificate
• All CUA holders are required to submit an annual report, NPS Form 10-660 by January 31st following the operating year.
• A separate annual report is required for each CUA.
• An annual report is required even if no revenue was earned during the operating year.
• Guided Exercise Classes, Water Taxis
***Management fees will not be required for Pedicab operators at this time.
Management Fees are calculated using the amount reported under Gross Receipts (question 8) on the NPS 10-660 Form.
• “Gross receipts” represents the total amount of all revenues received from services CUA holder is permitted to offer within National Mall and Memorial Parks. Services conducted outside National Mall and Memorial Parks should not be included when calculating gross receipts.
• The percentage of gross receipts for Services will be calculated by:
• Businesses with gross annual receipts of $250,000 or less will pay 3% of their gross receipts.
• Businesses will pay 4% of gross receipts for amounts between $250,001 to $500,000, this is in addition to the 3% for gross receipts under $250,000 listed above.
• Businesses will pay 5% of gross receipts for the amount of gross receipts over $500,000.01; this is in addition to the amounts listed above.
• The $200 application fee is a mandatory, one-time, non-refundable fee submitted when applying for a CUA. The application fee is credited toward the determined management fee due for each activity during the Annual Report submittal process.
• Please download the annual report form using the link provided at the bottom of this page. Older versions of the report form may not be accepted. This form is in PDF format and can be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat and other PDF readers.
• Follow the step-by-step instructions found on page 3 of the NPS 10-660 Form.
• Email completed forms to: e-mail us. Do not make payment for management fees due at this time.
• The annual report will be reviewed and an invoice will be provided via email stating the management fees due with a direct link to make your payment via www.pay.gov. This email will include a management fee calculation tool which provides a breakdown of how the fees were calculated.
• Management fees are due within 30 days from the date on the invoice. When making payment at www.pay.gov, please send a copy of the receipt to e-mail us
Last updated: February 3, 2023