Commercial Use Authorizations

  • Commercial business activity is prohibited within the park unless a commercial use authorization (CUA) has been granted by the park (36 CFR Sec. 5.3.) Applicants for a CUA must not book or advertise for business in the park until they are in possession of the actual authorization.
  • The CUA cycle for Shenandoah National Park is April 30 through April 29 for twelve and up to 24 consecutive months.
  • CUA Application Deadline: CUA Applications must be received/postmarked in the commercial services office no later than January 31st in the current year to facilitate enough time for review and process and become authorized by the cycle start date of April 30th of the current year.
  • CUA Applications are not accepted for start in the current year, after January 31st.
  • CUAs are currently issued for up to two year periods for approved services (see application and instructions for details).

  • The current fee for a CUA is $315. The authority for the National Park Service to impose user charges to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found in 31 U.S.C. 3.a. Fees for CUAs are non-refundable. This fee covers the costs associated with the administrative process for preparing and issuing the CUA as well as costs associated with monitoring and/or performing needed functions to properly manage the activity.

  • There is no right or guarantee of renewal for CUAs. Companies will need to reapply for a new Commercial Use Authorization upon expiration of the current CUA. No renewal reminders are sent. Please refer to this website for any relevant updates.

  • Liability insurance is required for all CUA holders.(see application and instructions for details)

  • Special Conditions pages for Hiking/Backpacking, Guided Bike Tours, Guided Fishing, Guided Rock Climbing and Guided Photography Tours and Workshops must be reviewed, signed and submitted with your application.

  • Guide Registration Forms must be completed and returned with your application.

  • Each year, an annual survey (Word document, 645 kb) is required detailing operations conducted in the Park.

Click here for CUA application and instructions

Last updated: August 2, 2021

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3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

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