Spring day on South Point. Photo: C. Leinbach

Businesses that want to provide services on Ocracoke’s beach, which is the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, are required to get a Commercial Use Authorization from the National Park Service.

One CUA will cover activities in all applicable parks: Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Cape Hatteras), Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (Fort Raleigh) and Wright Brothers National Memorial (Wright Brothers).

The application process for this is now open and CUAs are valid from the date of issue through the same calendar year.

Visit the following websites for applications, instructions and descriptions of each authorized service:

Cape Hatteras: nps.gov/caha/getinvolved/dobusinesswithus.htm.

Authorized services for 2022 include the following:
Airplane and Helicopter Transportation (Cape Hatteras and Wright Brothers)
Beach Equipment (Cape Hatteras)
Beach Fire (Cape Hatteras)
Bicycle and Electric Bike (Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh and Wright Brothers)
Guided Fishing (Cape Hatteras and Fort Raleigh)
Guided Horseback Tours (Cape Hatteras)
Guided Waterfowl Hunting (Cape Hatteras)
Educational Programs (Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh and Wright Brothers)
Non-Motorized Boat Tours (Cape Hatteras and Fort Raleigh)
Off-Road Vehicle Tours (Cape Hatteras)
Outdoor Fitness Classes (Cape Hatteras)
Photography Instruction (Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh and Wright Brothers)
Photography Portraits (Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh and Wright Brothers)
Road-Based Commercial Tours and Transportation (Cape Hatteras)
Sailboat Tours (Cape Hatteras)
Towing (Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh and Wright Brothers)
Watersports Instruction (Cape Hatteras)
Wedding Equipment (Cape Hatteras)