What is a CUA?
A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. Whiskeytown issues CUAs to manage commercial visitor services that can include:
Federal law mandates the NPS issue CUAs only for commercial activities and visitor services that:
Why does the National Park Service require CUAs?
The requirement is in 36 CFR 5.3 - It is illegal to conduct business in a park area without a permit, contract, or other written agreement. Additionally, Public Law 105-391 Section 418, passed in 1998, provides NPS the authority to issue CUAs to allow business operations and requires NPS to collect a reasonable fee for CUA administration and management.
Do I need a CUA?
You may not conduct commercial activities in Whiskeytown without a valid CUA!
Where can I get an application for a CUA?
The administration office at park headquarters keeps paper copies of the application form.
How much does a CUA cost?
How long does it take to get a CUA?
CUA Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. In order to be reviewed, a complete application package must be received a minimum of four weeks prior to the start of commercial activities in the park. Applications received within the four-week time frame may be reviewed as time allows, but there is no guarantee that the CUA will be processed within this short time frame.
What am I responsible for after I get a CUA?
All CUA holders in the NPS are required to complete the annual CUA report (NPS Form 10-660) no later than January 31 of each year that your CUA is valid. The form includes questions about the number of visitors who used your services, reportable injuries, and the amount of money that you earned in gross receipts from operations.
Contact the Whiskeytown CUA Coordinator:
Last updated: April 4, 2022