The City of Galveston invites all vendors and encourages minority owned, small business owners and local entrepreneurs to consider Galveston Island as its next business venture.

The Development Services Department manages all vendors north of the Seawall including those vendors at Saengerfest Park. The vendors range from food, shaved ice, frozen novelties, beach rental, coin-operated machines, to peddler vending. The Development Services Department also accepts applications for pawnbrokers, junk and secondhand dealers, hotel/motel, rooming house/bed and breakfast, and temporary parking lot permits.

Individuals looking to become a concessionaire south of the Seawall, Beach Parks, or Fort Crockett must apply through the Park Board of Trustees.

The Development Services Department accepts vendor applications year-round and requires applications to be submitted 10 days prior to the desired start date. All permits expire December 31 of every year and it is the applicant’s responsibility to renew yearly.

For rules and regulations, please review our city ordinances.

Special Event Vending

Interested in becoming a vendor for special events such as the Lone Star Rally, Dickens on the Strand or Mardi Gras? See the contact information below.

Lone Star Rally (November 1st-4th, 2018)

Ph: (832) 437-2318
Email Brinder at
Email Candace at

Dickens on the Strand (November 30th-December 2nd, 2018)

Ph: (409) 765-3432
Email Alyson Whitaker, Special Events Coordinator, at

Mardi Gras! Galveston (February 22nd-March 5th, 2019)

Ph: (409) 770-0999
Email Rebekah Ray at

For special events such as cooking contests, runs/walks, bike tours/races, street fairs/festivals, community events, or outdoor exhibits contact Megan Pierce at (409) 797-3700 or