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River Walk and Downtown Business District Vending Permit Applications Available


Vendors who desire to sell novelty items on the River Walk and in the Downtown business district can apply for vending permits starting Monday, October 13. 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 during business days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or accessed at

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m.

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

For vendors who want to sell novelty items on the River Walk at one of 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. An informational meeting for those interested in learning more will be held on Friday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad. The lottery is scheduled for Friday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Central Library Auditorium.

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 third 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