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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation

Contract Management

Are you interested in becoming a concession vendor?

To operate any commercial activity or business venture within Maricopa County Park and Recreation park boundaries, you will be required to obtain a Commercial Management Concession Agreement (CMCA).  A CMCA is the preferred agreement for a concession operation that is mobile and or not affixed. Examples of CMCA’s include, but are not limited to, scuba certifications, food and drink vendors, commercial sales and/or service offerings (i.e. guided tours for fishing, boating, scuba, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, equestrian).

What you want to consider about being a CMCA concessionaire:

  • A CMCA does not grant exclusive rights to use a specific site or area within a Maricopa County regional park. Where you set up, hours of operation, etc., are at the discretion of the park supervisor. 

  • In addition to the CMCA agreement with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, all applicable state and local permits and licenses are required (i.e. tax licenses, permit to sell food, captain’s license, scuba certification, etc.). The CMCA agreement is only to operate a commercial business or activity within Maricopa County Park and Recreation park boundaries.

  • CMCA applications are evaluated based on the following general criteria:  

    • The proposed good(s) and/or service(s) relate to the recreational use of the park(s) to be served.

    • The uniqueness of the proposed concession at the park(s) to be served.

    • The professional standing and business history of the proposed Concessionaire.

    • The proposed presentation of the good(s) and service(s) to be offered and the method by which they are proposed to be delivered.

    • The need for additional service providers.

How do I get started?

Step 1: Agreement Terms, Concession Fees, and Insurance requirements

Familiarize yourself with the agreement, including but not limited to the concession fees you will be required to pay and insurance coverage you will be required to carry. 

  • Each CMCA agreement is completed using a standard agreement template. Review this sample agreement prior to submitting your application. Failure to review and understand the agreement terms and requirements may result in early termination of your agreement with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation. Click here to review the sample agreement.
  • Click here to review insurance policy requirements and concession fees
  • CMCA insurance requirements are regulated by Maricopa County Risk Management Department and are not negotiable. If approved, you will be required to provide proof of required insurance within 30 days.
  • CMCA concession fees are payable to Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and are due on an annual basis. Click here to review insurance policy requirements and concession fees. 
    • You will be required to pay a one-time $150.00 application fee.
    • Each CMCA has a minimum yearly base fee of $225.00, due in December for the upcoming year. For newly established CMCA's, this payment will be due within 30-days of contract signature.
    • Additional payment of 10% is due if your calculated yearly gross revenue exceeds $2,250.00. This payment will be billed in February of each year. 

Step 2:  Apply to become a CMCA Vendor

Once you have reviewed the requirements and are ready to proceed, you will need to do the following:

  • Contact the park supervisor at each location you wish to operate. Verify your operation is acceptable and request approval to submit a written application.

Step 3:  Application is reviewed and prepared

Review and approval/denial of a CMCA application takes approximately five to ten business days.  If questions or issues arise during this process, our staff will reach out to you directly. If you have submitted a written application and have not had contact within ten (10) business days, please call (602) 506-9500 to verify the application was received. 

Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted to pay the $150.00 application fee and asked to provide any required documents needed for final approval that were not submitted with the original application.  Once collected, a draft CMCA agreement will be sent to you via email for review and signature.  Sign and return the agreement as instructed.  

Step 4: Final acceptance and documents

Once the CMCA is fully executed and signed by all parties, you will be contacted to arrange the following:

  • As a CMCA concessionaire, you will receive one free CMCA vehicle entry pass to conduct your concession at the County Parks.  If you need additional passes for your staff, there will be a charge of $5.00 per CMCA entry pass.  This pass is to be used for your commercial use only and not for personal use.  Personal use of the CMCA entry pass will be considered a violation of the agreement, which will result in termination of the agreement.
  • Payment of $225.00 for the first year minimum annual CMCA payment.
  • If not already submitted, all required insurance documents and release of waiver documents must be submitted.

Step 5: Get working!

Contact the park supervisor(s) to discuss where you can set up your operations. It is vital to check-in with the park prior to arrival to ensure everything is ready to go!

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