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Mardi Gras 2008
City of Galveston
News Release
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Will You Be a Mardi Gras Merchant?  Read this First!

The City of Galveston has made significant changes to guidelines regarding vendor permitting, License to Use (LTU) permits, strolling vendor guidelines, and general concessions.

The City of Galveston’s department of Planning and Community Development will review permits for the following operations during Mardi Gras 2008:

    *     Strolling vendors with proper permits, insurance documentation, and designated route information 
    *     Lawfully existing businesses can apply for a temporary LTU to use the sidewalk adjacent to their business to sell items allowed under current zoning (food, beverages, and retail/novelties).  Any operations are subject to required permits from the County Health Department and the TABC.

Approval of this temporary License to Use permit is subject to specific conditions: 
1. In addition to completed temporary License to Use Application, the applicant shall submit:
      1. A photograph showing sidewalk area to be utilized during the event.
      2. A brief description of items available for purchase
      3. A site plan/sketch with accurate measurements of the area indicating location of merchandise, tables, chairs, and associated equipment
2. Must provide proof of a State Sales Tax with Galveston listed as Origin of Sales.
3. Temporary License to Use applications, with applicable conditions, will only be issued for lawfully existing businesses to utilize the right-of-way area directly adjacent to the respective business for the Mardi Gras 2008 events.
4. All applications shall be submitted a minimum of 5-7 working days prior to the
    intended date(s) of use.
5. All approved License to Use Applications will be valid from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the dates indicated for the events.
6. Use of the City right-of-way will be limited to the 6-feet adjacent to the property line or building, whichever is further from the curb line. 
7. A minimum of 10 feet of clearance for pedestrians must be maintained at all times.
8. If a Permanent License to Use already exists for tables and chairs at the business, additional applications for use of the right of way will not be approved.
9. All merchandise and/or set-ups equipment shall not have protruding objects that will cause harm to any pedestrians and no cords may extend outside of the designated area for use.

Additional stipulations may apply due to the location of your business.  The Planning Department strongly advises any merchant with questions to call their office directly, (409) 797-3660.

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