Business Permits and Commercial Use Authorizations
Commercial Vehicle Standards
The following are changes to commercial passenger transportation requirements in Yosemite National Park Effective June 15, 2021:
These rules could change if COVID-19 conditions become less favorable. Operators are responsible for staying up-to-date on the latest guidance.
If you are a bus operator, consult your 2021 Commercial Use Authorization for rules and regulations on commercial passenger transportation operations in Yosemite National Park.
If you are a road-based tour operator and would like to receive communication from the park about operational changes you may contact the Commercial Use Authorization Office to request to be added to our email list. Email us with your business name, contact name, address, phone number, and email address. COVID19 Guidance Information: COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance for Multi-day Road-based Tours Public Transit Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) CDC ordered and requires that masks be worn on transportation systems
COVID-19 Guidance Information
Commercial Passenger Vehicle Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)
All companies wishing to obtain a 2021 Commercial Passenger Vehicle Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) are required to fill out the 2022 Bus CUA [1 MB PDF]. This document also describes the necessary insurance and PUC documents to be included in your application package.
New companies (defined as a company that has not held a bus CUA in the last 2 years) will need to fill out a CUA application [790 kb PDF].
Returning companies will need to fill out the 2021 annual report [750 kb PDF].
Once completed, email these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we receive your application, you will be given instructions on how to pay the required $450.00 application fee.
If you have any questions, please email or call 209/347-2697 or 209/379-1851.
Commercial Guiding Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)
Organizations wishing to conduct commercial activities need to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). Activities include:
New companies that have never had a CUA with Yosemite National Park before, or companies that have not had a CUA with Yosemite National Park in the last 2 years, must complete a Commercial Use Authorization Application [792 kb PDF] along with the required fee of $100. The application fee is not refundable once the application has been accepted. The fee can be paid at www.pay.gov. Interested organizations should contact the Commercial Use Office before submitting an application at 209/347-6412 or by email.
Returning organizations must have submitted an Annual Report [750 kb PDF] for the previous year before a new CUA will be issued.
If you're leading a trip in Yosemite, please ensure your group is aware of park regulations and safety issues. When open, reservations are required for bus parking at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Be sure to check the Yosemite National Park Conditions and Alerts before heading to the Park.
Additional maps related to special regulations and camping closures along with a list of approved bear canisters are outlined in Part 7 of the park's compendium. [2.64 MB PDF]
Authorized Guides and Transportation Companies
View a list of authorized guides and transportation companies.
Special Use Permits
Special Events Permits, First Amendment Permits, and Right-of-Way Permits
Permission to Scatter Cremated Remains
Educational Fee Waivers
Research and Collection Permits
Half Dome Permits
Last updated: December 14, 2021