Type I Concession Contract
Type I Concession Contracts, the most formal of the concession authorizations, are used in cases where the term is greater than five years, gross revenues are over $100,000, substantial investment is expected, or performance of the service is required. Concession contracts are awarded through a competitive bid process. After determining that a visitor service is necessary, appropriate, and feasible as a business opportunity, the National Park Service prepares a prospectus which outlines the requirements for operating the business. Interested businesses apply by submitting written proposals that respond to established criteria. Major factors for evaluating proposals include managerial competence, conformance to the terms of the prospectus and financial ability.
Type III Concession Contract
Type III Concession Contracts under the new Concessions Regulations, are issued when services are to be authorized, but not required. Concession contracts are awarded through a competitive bid process. The term of the authorization will usually be ten years. Examples are hunting guides with exclusive guide areas and climbing guides where the number is limited.
When commercial operators are selected from a competitive prospectus process, preference is given to Alaska Native Corporations and local residents in accordance with provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act Section 1307. Sport fishing and hunting guide activities are exempt from these preferences
Submitting a Concession Contract Proposal
The National Park Service solicits proposals for concession contracts through a competitive selection process. The opportunity to apply is only open when announced by a prospectus (a request for proposals) which describes the services, the terms and conditions under which they will be operated, and sets criteria for evaluating proposals submitted by private sector companies.
Federal Business Opportunties -opportunities to apply for concession services are announced in Federal Business Opportunities. Click on the link, select "Advanced Search" and use the form to establish your search criteria.
Disclaimer:This service is provided for convenience only and does not serve as a guarantee of notification. Subscribers to this list service are ultimately responsible for reviewing the Federal Business Opportunities site for all information relevant to desired acquisitions.
Alaska Opportunities:It is our normal business practice to post announcements and the prospectus for Alaska concession opportunities here and/or on the park website. However, the announcement in Federal Business Opportunities is the only legally required public notice.
Laws, Regulations & Policies
36 CFR 51 Concession Contracts
36 CFR, Part 18 (Property Leasing in Park Areas)
36 CFR Part 13, Subpart Eâ€”Special Visitor Services