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River Walk Vending Permit applications


River Walk Stationary Designated Public Space Vending Permit applications to be made available on October 12

– Annual Lottery to be held on November 13 –

Vendors who are interested in selling novelty items on the River Walk at one of the six designated stationary sites will have the opportunity to participate in a lottery drawing process on Friday, November 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad. To participate in the lottery, vendors must complete a permit application and other necessary requirements. An informational session to provide an overview of the program will be held on Thursday, October 8, at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Library Auditorium.

Vendors can apply for vending permits starting Monday, October 12. All vendors, including those with current novelty vending permits, must apply. Applications will be available at the Downtown Operations Department located at 202 E. Nueva, Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or accessed at The deadline to submit applications to participate in the River Walk Stationary Designated Space Vending Lottery is Monday, November 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Two programs exist for vendor permits, one that applies to the six designated public stationary sites and another for privately-controlled property on the River Walk and at street level. Each program has separate policies, procedures and application processes.

For vendors who wish to sell novelty items on the River Walk at one of the six stationary sites, a lottery process will be utilized. Completed applications and other requirements are necessary for vendors to be included in the annual lottery process for the designated stationary permits.

Vendors who would like to operate on privately-controlled property must also complete an application. In addition, they must obtain permission from the business operator and/or property owner and fulfill other requirements as specified by the program.

This application period marks the fourth year for the vending programs, created following City Council approval of two ordinances. The ordinances amended the Unified Development Code (UDC) and a City Code both related respectively to vending on the River Walk and on the street level in the downtown business district.

For additional information regarding vending programs on the River Walk or in the downtown business district, contact the Downtown Operations Department at 207-3677 or visit