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Business Permits and Commercial Use Authorizations

Commercial Passenger Vehicle Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)

Please note motor coaches 40 ft or larger are currently not permitted in Yosemite National Park.

All companies wishing to obtain a 2021 Commercial Passenger Vehicle Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) are required to fill out the 2021 Bus CUA [750 kb 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 2020 annual report.

Once completed these documents can be submitted through email.

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)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]

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: May 17, 2021

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