A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows you 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. Depending on the park, a CUA can allow:
- guided mountaineering or backpacking;
- bike tours;
- kayak trips;
- photography workshops;
- scuba diving classes;
- fishing trips; etc.
A CUA is required if you provide any goods, activities, services, agreements, or other function for park visitors that:
- take place at least in part on lands managed by the NPS,
- use park resources, and
- result in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit to you.
The links below include information to get you started if you want to apply for a CUA and tools to help current CUA holders.