DCR occasionally offers special permits for use of property in the care custody and control of DCR for concessionaires, commercial operators, to provide activities, food, and very limited related merchandise to the public.  Other commercial activities that would require a permit could include: agricultural uses, high-ground telecommunications installations; public pay tours, use, and lessons.

Currently there is no regulated short term permit (less than 1 year) available for this type of use.  The DCR Office of Long Term Leases and Permits handles the offers and requests for such uses via a permit (a revocable license) for 1-5 years.  Concessionaires must often be properly licensed, capable of running a properly budgeted business, and meet certain criteria.  The possession of a hawker’s, peddler’s or busker’s license does not apply to DCR Property.

Concession permits offered by DCR

Concession permit opportunities offered by DCR will be posted on the Massachusetts Comm-Buys site.

  • To bid on a concession RFP, first review the RFP document, to see the proposal requirements.
  • Download the RFP at the Commonwealth’s procurement website: www.commbuys.com
    OR To obtain a paper copy (a fee will be charged per page) of an RFP, e-mail, call or stop by the Long Term Permits and Leases Office in Boston.  Also see our guide: Searching For Open DCR RFPs pdf format of Searching for Open DCR RFPs
  • To learn more about the new COMMBUYS system  which is free for vendors to use for all state contracting opportunities;  call the COMMBUYS Help Desk: 1-888-627-8283  OR visit the Operational Services Division website.
  • To join an e-mail list for notice of DCR concession opportunities send an e-mail to: DCR.PERMITS@STATE.MA.US .

Potential Upcoming RFPs

  • MOBILE FOOD CONCESSIONS – Multiple locations (carts, food trucks)
  • FIXED FOOD CONCESSIONS – Multiple Beach locations
  • HARBOR BOAT TOURS – Multiple locations

Concession permit ideas and proposals

  • If you have a proposed idea for a concession or use at a DCR property, first contact the DCR Park Supervisor to discuss feasibility.
  • Then prepare a written letter with your proposal to the Office of the Commissioner of DCR including all relevant details including location, diagrams, maps, proposed  market/demographic information, how the proposed concession fits the Mission of DCR, fees to be charged to the public if any,  proposed business model, etc.  

Proposals will be reviewed by relevant DCR sub-departments (Engineering, Planning and Resource Protection, MassParks (and Operations), Legal, Forestry, Fire Control, Park Rangers, etc.)  and may involve other state agencies, such as Mass Department of Environmental Protection, Mass Historical Commission, State Building authorities, Mass Fish & Wildlife, etc.   This review and consideration of the proposal can take several months as staff members consider safety operations, other users, nearby neighbors and businesses, the nature of the location, and other concerns.  If a proposal is accepted, DCR may offer the proposed location and an opportunity to obtain a permit under an RFP posted on the Comm-Buys site.

For more information, send an e-mail to: DCR.Permits@state.ma.us