Downtown Services is responsible for enforcing property maintenance, sanitation, zoning and other applicable codes in downtown to promote a safe, clean and healthy environment. Inspectors are International Code Council (ICC) certified and utilize the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code. Boundaries for the program are from Liberty Street to the Savannah River and from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to E. Broad Street.
The permitting processes for the menu board, sidewalk café, and street vendor programs are also administered by Downtown Services.
Sidewalk Café and Menu Board Permits
Businesses have the option to utilize the public right-of-way for outdoor seating and menu boards. Permits are issued on an annual basis provided all requirements in the Temporary Use Policy are met prior to submitting an application.
To obtain a permit, a completed Sidewalk Cafe Application and/or Menu Board Application must be submitted along with applicable fees. Documents can be mailed to the Tourism Management & Ambassadorship Department (TMAD), P.O. Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402 or dropped off at the TMAD located in City Hall.
Street Vendor Permits
A street vendor is defined as any person who wishes to display any array of handmade arts, crafts or musical and other performances. Vendors are issued a permit at no cost to use the public right-of-way to showcase their talent for free or donation.
To obtain a street vendor permit, interested parties must report to City Hall located at 2 E. Bay Street on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. with a valid photo ID and all materials needed to demonstrate your talent. Additionally, a Street Vendor Application must be submitted in person. Please note, a thumbprint is required for the background check. For more information, please reference the Street Vendor Policy.
Please note, no new street vendor applications will be processed for 2016. The application process will restart after January 1, 2017.