The department issues various types of temporary permits to vendors that seek to operate in a park for less than a year and do not require a permanent building. There are several requirements vendors must meet in order to become a temporary concessionaire. Per City Code Chapter 8: COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY means to advertise or provide a good, service, class, or instructional activity for compensation. COMPENSATION means any money, thing of value, payment, reward, tip, consideration, donation, gratuity, or profit paid to, accepted by, or received by a person. APPROVAL means a permit, reservation agreement, or other written document that evidences an authorization by the department. Commercial Use Permits for training classes, exercise groups, or similar uses.
Thoroughly complete an Application for review and approval for all concession requests.
Permit Requirements and Submittals for All Permits (once reviewed and approved) -
Copies of the permit requirements must be submitted at the time a contract is signed.
Insurance - At the time a contract is signed, the vendor must provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Austin as an additional insured party. Vendors are required to show proof of comprehensive general liability insurance with a combined single limit of $500,000 per occurrence. Additional vehicle and statutory workers' compensation insurance may be required; this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Health Permit - All food sales require a certificate from the Austin Health and Human Services - Travis County Health Department. Contact them at 512-978-0300 for more information on how to obtain this certificate.
Sales Tax - All vendors are required to have a State of Texas sales and use permit. Contact the State Comptroller's Office at 800-252-5555 for more information on how to obtain this permit.
Sole Proprietor Letter - TEMPLATE letter to be used by a sole proprietor who will complete the entire job by him/herself with no employees or subcontractors. The letter shall be written on the contractor's letterhead and be submitted with the certificate of insurance indicating coverage for all other lines of insurance required by the City of Austin. Letter template
The fee for operating for six months at a district or metropolitan park is $1,500 (district or larger) and $500 (other parks) for all other parks with approved applications. The fees will be paid in full at the time of contract execution.
2. Single Day Concession Permits ($50/day)
The Parks and Recreation Department issues single day permits to vendors wishing to set up at (or outside of) a place in a park for a short-term event purpose.
3. Inflatables in the Parks ($10/device/day)
Parties wishing to have a moonwalk or inflatable apparatus on parkland during rentals are required to pay a $10 fee. See the special events/reservations page for additional information. Water slides and miniature/trackless trains are NOT allowed.
4. Performing Artists in the Parks ($10/day)
Performing artists are allowed to entertain in the parks provided they are registered with and approved by the Parks and Recreation Department. The fee for performing artists is $10 per day, and permits may be purchased in two-week increments. Individuals wishing to perform as artists or entertainers in the park must adhere to the following rules:
Do not block sidewalks or in any way impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Do not set up entertainment area within 100 feet of an existing concession's main operating location.
Do not set up at special events in the park without written permission of the event organizer.
Do not use amplified sound.
Juggling of potentially hazardous materials or items, such as knives or fire, is prohibited.
Any money exchanged must be a tip or a donation; the amount must be determined by the donor and must not be required by the performer.
Entertainers must carry a permit issued by the Parks and Recreation Department allowing them to perform in the park. This permit must be produced on request of any park employee charged with patrolling or supervising the park or by any citizen.
Do not impede or interfere with the use of park facilities or scheduled activities.