How to become a California State Park Concessionaire
The Department partners with a variety of private business entities, including sole proprietors, corporations, and limited liability companies, through concession contracts to enhance our park visitor recreational and educational experience within California State Parks. Such opportunities are made available to the public through provisions of the California Public Resources Code, Sections 5080.03 et. seq. Learn more about becoming a State Parks concessionaire.
The Concessions Program at California State Parks provides a very important part of the park visitor's experience. Concessionaires offer the facilities, services, and goods that the State could not otherwise provide, ranging from traditional food services and campground grocery stores, to equestrian tours and rafting trips. Within the system’s historic parks, concessionaires help the Department achieve its interpretation and education mission by providing historical re-enactments and other enrichment programs. These programs add vitality, interest, and excitement to our fascinating heritage preserved and protected by California State Parks. See Questions and Answers about Concessions to learn more.
View or download the complete
2012-13 Concessions Annual Report
(PDF, 10.7 MB)
Figures are as reported by concessionaires.
CURRENT CONCESSIONAIRE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Laws, Policys and Guidelines Referenced in Concession Contracts
Concession Law, including Public Resources Code 5080.03 et seq. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=PRC&division=5.&title=&part=&chapter=1.2.&article=1.
PRC 5024 and 5024.5 - Historic resources preservation laws http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/pages/1071/files/public%20resources%20code%205024.pdf
PRC 5097 et seq - Laws related to Native American sites and resources
Natural Resources Policy Department Operations Manual 300 - Department policy and guidelines for natural resource management in California State Parks.
Maintenance of Facilities Policy Department Operations Manual 0800 is Department policy and guidelines for maintenance in California State Parks.
Cultural Resources Policy - Department policy and guidelines concerning cultural resource management in California State Park is found on this website.
Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for Historic Preservation http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/arch_stnds_8_2.htm
Access for Visitors with Disabilities
Pest Control Recommendation (DPR191.xlsx)
Concession Performance Evaluation (DPR531.xlsx)
Concessionaire Financial Statement (DPR086.xls)
Drug Free Workplace Certification (STD021.xls)
CONCESSIONAIRE BEST PRACTICES
California State Parks Concessions Program wants to hear about your successful partnership collaboration. We hope to include success stories of potential benefit to other partners to inspire innovation in the delivery of enhanced park visitor services. You may send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park Unit Websites
Have you checked your park unit website lately? Does it contain information about your products and services and/or a link to your own business website? If not, we encourage you to initiate a discussion with your local district office to make park visitors aware of the services and amenities available to them when they visit the park.
Do you know what's going on in your park unit during the next six months? Are you in touch with the cooperating association for your park? You can maximize available resources and talents to increase visitor interest in what we have to offer through collaboration with a variety of stakeholders. How about in-kind exchanges of products and services between profit and non-profit groups? For example, a restaurant concession might consider the donation of a dinner for a non-profit fundraising event that benefits both partners. Take the initiative!