Street Performers

Street Performer Purpose

Street performances constitute public amenities that enhance the vibrancy, vitality, and ambience of the City of Savannah. Allowing for the regulated use of the public right-of-way for such performances, therefore, should be permitted; provided, however, that performers do not interfere with residents’ reasonable quality of life expectations, disturb business activity, or compromise public safety.

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 and agree to the terms of the Street Performer Policy to obtain a permit. 

Application and Permitting Process

Applications will be accepted and processed on Wednesdays from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. (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. You may mail your application to: 

Special Events, Film and Tourism 
Attn: Tourism Division 
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402

No applications will be accepted after Wednesday, August 26, 2020. All street performer permits are valid for the calendar year and expire on December 31.

Street Performer Identification Badge Fee: $10 per year

Identification Badge Replacement Fee: $5 per occurrence 

*Note: Effective April 1, 2020 the Street Performer Identification Badge fee will go up to $20 per year. The replacement badge will be $10 per year for all lost or stolen badges. All fees must be paid by money order and made payable to the “City of Savannah”. No street performer permits will be issued until the appropriate fee has been remitted.

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
  • Pay for annual Street Performer Identification Badge by money order made payable to the City of Savannah 

APPLICATIONS FOR NEW AND RENEWAL PERMITS WILL BEGIN ON JANUARY 8, 2020.  

Renewal applications must be received by February 26, 2020. Any individual who has not submitted a renewal application by this date will be considered noncompliant and will be not be permitted to perform on the public right-of-way. Further noncompliance will be addressed by the Code Compliance Department.