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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:

  1. All buses are authorized to operate at full passenger capacities.
  2. All passengers are still required to wear a mask.
  3. Onboard social distancing is not required.
  4. All buses are allowed to stop at the following locations when parking is available:
    • Tunnel View (Hwy 41)
    • Devil’s Elbow (Northside Drive)
    • El Capitan Straight (Northside Drive)
    • Bridalveil View (Northside Drive)
    • Valley View (Northside Drive)

      Bridalveil Straight will remain off limits to vehicles over 35 feet due to construction and decreased parking in the area.
      The Sentinel Bridge bus stop will not be accessible to any vehicles due to the Traffic Pilot Program.
  5. An East Valley drop off location near Curry Village has been designated for buses over 21 feet to drop off passenger wishing to hike to Mirror Lake, Happy Isles or Vernal Fall. Companies will need to request permission to use the drop off location which is located approximately 1/8 if a mile west of Curry Village. (Due to the traffic detour through Curry Village large buses are restricted from entering the area unless they have lodging reservations.)
  6. Bus companies are restricted to 3 motorcoaches (40-45’) maximum per day allowed to enter the park.
  7. All commercial operators are independently responsible for understanding and complying with the most current applicable laws, regulations, orders, ordinances and other requirements and for conducting their operations in a manner that is safe and protects the health of employees, customers and the public.

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

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

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

When we receive your application, you will be given instructions on how to pay the required $450.00 application fee.
You can view entrance fees for commercial tours.

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:

  • cross country skiing and snowshoeing
  • fishing
  • hiking and backpacking
  • step on guiding
  • photography or art workshops
  • winter backpacking and snow camping

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 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

Film Permits

Wedding Permits

Permission to Scatter Cremated Remains

Educational Fee Waivers

Research and Collection Permits

Wilderness Permits

Half Dome Permits

Last updated: December 14, 2021

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