Commercial Use Authorizations
The majority of the commercial activities authorized by the Commercial Services Plan begin and terminate outside the park and are subject to commercial use authorization (CUA). The CUA is a mechanism to authorize and monitor those commercial uses and activities for which concession contracts are not appropriate. Key aspects of the CUA process at VINP include:
Permits are issued on a calendar year basis, beginning January 1 and ending December31st. Partial year authorizations are not generally available.
Each commercial use of park land or waters requires an individual CUA. Business operating more than one service must obtain a permit for each commercial activity.
To provide for a market competition, a limitation of three CUAs per business is established.
Pursuant to the Cost Recovery Act (16 USC 3a) and NPS policy, all CUAs are subject to a fee based upon recovery of NPS application, administration and monitoring costs. Click below to access Commercial Use Authorization documents: