Downtown Permitting

The Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism processes applications and issues permits for sidewalk cafes, menu boards, and street performers (formerly known as street vendors) wishing to utilize the public right-of-way, as well as the banner brackets and kiosks located in the downtown area. 

Sidewalk Cafes and Menu Boards

For information on obtaining a Temporary Use Permit for sidewalk seating or menu boards, download the Temporary Use Policy. Applications for Sidewalk Cafes and Menu Boards must be submitted separately and mailed/delivered to: 

City of Savannah
Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism
Attn: Tourism Division
1 Waring Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Menu Board Annual Fee: $100

Sidewalk Cafe Annual Fee:

  • $100 per table
  • $50 per bench
  • $25 per chair
  • $25 per other furniture (i.e. planter, stanchion)

* Total fee shall not exceed $1,000 per year.

Street Performers

Performers, artists, and crafters wishing to showcase their talent on the public right-of-way must receive a Street Performer Permit through the Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism. Performers may only accept gratuities and shall not offer merchandise for sale. Rules and regulations apply, all applicants must read the Street Performer Policy to obtain a permit.

Applications will be accepted and processed on Wednesdays from 9am to 12pm (except City holidays), at the Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism, located at Daffin Park (1 Waring Drive). Applicants should allow 1-2 weeks for processing. No applications will be accepted after Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 

To receive a permit, applicants must:

  • Fully complete the Street Performer Application
  • Provide a copy of current state-issued identification card or driver’s license
  • Demonstrate stated performance, art, or craft
  • Pay for annual Street Performer Identification Badge by check or money order

Street Performer Identification Badge Fee: $10 per year

Identification Badge Replacement Fee: $5 per occurrence

Successful applicants will be issued an identification badge that is valid for the calendar year. 

APPLICATIONS FOR NEW AND RENEWAL PERMITS WILL BEGIN ON JANUARY 9, 2019.

Renewal applications must be received by February 28, 2019. Any individual who has not submitted a renewal application by this date will be considered noncompliant and will be not be permitted to perform on the public right-of-way. Further noncompliance will be addressed by the Code Compliance Department.

Banners & Kiosks

The City of Savannah provides banner brackets along Broughton Street and MLK Boulevard and display kiosks on Broughton Street for local organizations to market community events and activities. Interested organizations must complete the application and provide copies of the proposed materials for review. For more information on obtaining a permit, call 912-351-3837 or email the Tourism Division.