The entrance sign to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Photo by Beth Fleishaker

The National Park Service has opened the 2020 Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) application process for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Engaging in or soliciting any business in the parks requires a CUA permit to do so.

The application fee is $200 and on-line payments are now accepted. One CUA will cover activities in all applicable parks. CUAs are valid from the date of issue through Dec. 31 of the same year.

Examples of authorized services include:

  • Beach Equipment Services (Cape Hatteras)
  • Beach Fire Services (Cape Hatteras)
  • Guided Fishing Services (Cape Hatteras & new for Fort Raleigh)
  • Guided Horseback Tours (Cape Hatteras)
  • Guided Waterfowl Hunting (Cape Hatteras)
  • Interpretive and Educational Programs (Cape Hatteras, new for Fort Raleigh & Wright Brothers)
  • Non-Motorized Boat Tours (Cape Hatteras & new for Fort Raleigh)
  • Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Driving Tours (Cape Hatteras)
  • Outdoor Fitness Classes (Cape Hatteras)
  • Photography Instruction (Cape Hatteras, new for Fort Raleigh & Wright Brothers)
  • Road-Based Commercial Tours and Transportation (Cape Hatteras)
  • Watersport Instruction (Cape Hatteras)
  • Wedding Equipment Services (Cape Hatteras)

Visit the following website for applications, instructions, and more information


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