Information and Forms for Specialized Permits

The Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement issues a number of special permits for events, mobile carts and businesses, sidewalk dining and other permits. Below are the various permits along with further information.

To see what events are already on the schedule for street closings, see the Street Closings Due to Special Events page. For assistance or information regarding availability of date(s) and Permit Applications, please contact Vanessa Banner at 336-734-1251 or email .

Specialized Permits

Special Events
Read application process [pdf/2p] | Download application [pdf/6p]
A permit is required for an event such as a festival, parade, or run/walk held in the public right of way or property owned or maintained by the City of Winston-Salem.  (Please contact Vanessa Banner for additional forms that may be needed for your event, i.e. Barricade Form, Right of Way Form, Alcohol Agreement Form, Bouncy House, etc).

Sidewalk Café
Sidewalk Cafe Application Process [pdf/4p]Sidewalk Dining Application [pdf/4p]
A permit is required for a restaurant or bar to operate a dining area that extends onto the sidewalk or pedestrian walkway within the central business district (CB) or pedestrian business (PB) zoning districts.

Pushcart/Mobile Food Unit

Pushcart Ordinances.pdf Pushcart Mobile Food Unit Process QA.pdf Pushcart-Mobile Food Unit Application 12-12-2016.pdf
A permit is required to operate a pushcart, which is any rubber-wheeled vehicle or portable cart, used for displaying, keeping or storing any articles by a vendor or peddler which may be moved without the assistance of a motor. Products such as prepared food, fruit, merchandise, drink, and flowers may be sold.

Mobile Food Unit

Pushcart Mobile Food Unit Process QA.pdf   Pushcart-Mobile Food Unit Application 12-12-2016.pdf
A permit is required to operate a vehicle, other than a pushcart, from which is vended prepared food, drink, and fresh fruit.

Foot Peddler

Foot Peddler Permit Process rev vsb06.04.18.pdf   Foot Peddler Application_rev vsb 7.11.18.pdf
A permit is required to sell non-food items on foot without a pushcart or motor vehicle on public non-restricted property within the City of Winston Salem.

Street Performers/Busker

STREET PERFORMANCE ORDINANCE.pdf   STREET PERFORMANCE BUSKING PROCESS 09.20.18.pdf STREET PERFORMANCE BUSKING APPLICATION rev 5.24.18.pdf
A permit is required for performances on public property within the City of Winston-Salem. A performance is an audible or visual entertainment such as, but not limited to, reciting or singing, acting, dancing, miming, pantomiming, playing a musical instrument or performing a theatrical or literary work.

Open Air

Open Air Ordinance.pdf   Open Air App rev 5.24.18.pdf
A permit is required to hold public air meetings on a public street, sidewalk, alley or mall within the City of Winston-Salem.

Pyrotechnics (Fireworks)
Pyrotechnics Permit Application [pdf/2p]
A permit is required for the exhibition, use or discharge of fireworks within the City of Winston-Salem.

Amplification/Sound

NOTE:  Contact Vanessa Banner prior to receiving an Amplification/Sound Permit
A permit is required to utilize sound amplification on a public street, sidewalk, alley or mall within the City of Winston-Salem.

To learn more about Specialized Permits, please contact:
Vanessa Banner
336-734-1251

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