Businesses in these parks provide vital services for our visitors and offer economic opportunities for people in nearby communities. If you'd like to operate a business here, it's likely that you'll need a commercial use authorization. These authorizations establish guidelines for protection of park landscapes and resources, especially in areas designated as wilderness.
Commercial use authorizations (CUAs) are most commonly used in these parks for businesses that operate guide services. These services include:
- Guided day hiking and backpacking services
- Guided mountaineering and wilderness ski mountaineering services
- Guided snowshoeing and skiing services
- Guided fishing services
- Guided photography workshops
- Guided sightseeing van tours
- Guided pack and saddle stock services
Applying for a Commercial Use Authorization
If you are applying for a new CUA, please read the CUA Handbook. Permit applications for 2017 should be submitted in advance, preferably two months before an event, for consideration and processing.
2017 CUA Application and Instructions
Acknowledgement of Risk
Leave No Trace Video Clip
Monthly Use Report - Non-stock Operators
Sample Monthly Use Report - Non-stock Operators
Monthly Use Report - Stock Operators
Sample Monthly Use Report - Stock Operators
Annual Report for CUA Holders - due January 15, 2017
2018-2019 Wilderness CUAs
The 2018-2019 Wilderness Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) Application Season is now closed.
Applications for the issuance of CUAs to provide guided visitor services within wilderness throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) were available during a designated "open Season" beginning July 17, 2017 and ending November 3, 2017. A limited number of CUAs will be authorized for a two-year period, January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.
The next 2 year Wilderness CUA Application cycle (operating term January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021) will open in 2019.
For More Information about CUAs
If you have questions about CUAs or to determine if your activity requires one, please call (559) 565-4235 or e-mail the Commercial Services Office with the subject line "CUA."