Concessions Contracts, the most formal of the Commercial Services authorizations, are used in cases when the NPS determines that the services are necessary and appropriate, and/or provision of the services require certain protections such as legal, financial, and resource provisions that are more typical of a concession contract. The term of concession contracts are generally 10 years or less. Visitor services can be required and/or authorized under a concessions contract.
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 operation 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.
Laws, Regulations and Policies
Annual Financial Report Form
Submitting a Concessions Contract Proposal
Buffalo National River concessions opportunities: Prospectuses released for Buffalo National River will be posted on our park website, the National Park Service Commercial Services webpage, and Federal Business Opportunities.
Last updated: May 13, 2022