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 to: 

City of Savannah
Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism
Attn: Tourism Division
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402

Menu Board Annual Fee: $50

Sidewalk Cafe Annual Fee:

  • 9 or fewer chairs: $200
  • 10-15 chairs: $300
  • 16-20 chairs: $400
  • 21 or more chairs: $500

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 Friday, August 31st. 

NOTE: APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED, RENEWALS WILL BEGIN IN JANUARY 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

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

NOTE: Performers with valid 2017 permits are able to perform or display on the public right-of-way through 2018 and do not require a permit renewal. Renewals for 2019 permits will begin in December. 

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.