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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation

Contract Management

Interested in becoming a concession vendor?

To operate any commercial activity or business venture within 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, 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 County 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, etc.).  The CMCA agreement is only to operate a commercial business or activity within 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.  It is strongly suggested you 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.
  • CMCA insurance requirements are regulated by Maricopa County Risk Management Department and are not negotiable. 
  • CMCA concession fees are payable to Maricopa County Parks and due on an annual basis.   Depending on the type of operation, quarterly payments may also be accepted.
  • Click here to review insurance policy requirements and concession fees. 

Step 2:  Apply to become a CMCA Vendor

Once you have reviewed the requirements and are ready to proceed, you will need to complete the application (click here to download) and submit your non-refundable application fee of $150.00.  You can mail these items to:

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department
Attn: Contract Administrator
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road
Morristown, AZ 85342

You can also submit your application via email to parksfinance@maricopa.gov. Your application will be logged and you will be billed for the $150.00 non-refundable application payment.  Once paid, the application will be forwarded for review.  

Application will not be reviewed until the non-refundable $150.00 application fee is received.

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.  

Upon approval of your application, you will receive an electronic copy of the CMCA agreement for signature.   Sign and return the agreement as instructed. In addition, you will also be asked to submit the following required items to complete the contract process: 

  • Annual concession fee
  • Insurance documents
  • Copies of permits/licenses required (varies by vendor type)

Once all items have been received, the contract will be signed by Maricopa County and you will be notified of a start date.  

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: Contact the Park Supervisor(s) to introduce yourself and discuss where you can set up your operations.   It is vital to touch base with the park prior to arrival to ensure everything is ready to go!

Still looking for more information on becoming a concession vendor?  Contact us via email with your questions at parksfinance@maricopa.gov.

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