Food Vendors Permits

Join the excitement on Governors Island this summer! 

Governors Island is looking to fill our season food courts with the best mobile vendors in NYC! The Island is a bustle of activity when we are open to the public and on average we welcome 2,000 visitors on weekdays and 10,000 on weekends.

We no longer require a full season commitment; vendors can apply for single days, weekends or the whole season. Vending site fees will be determined based on the dates requested in the permit application. 

Please note:

  • All applicants will be charged a $26 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be granted a permit. 
  • All dates and assigned locations are only confirmed once all relevant paperwork has been received, signed and approved.

Key Dates

All applications must be submitted at least (21) days in advance first requested vending dates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

All completed applications are approved
February 17, 2017
Site Visits Begin
March 20, 2017
Public Season Begins
May 1, 2017
Public Season Ends
October 1, 2017

Available Hours

Applicants are invited to vend on GI any day the Island is open to the public. In 2017, the Island will be open to the public from May 1 to October 1. 

While not a requirement for selection season-long vendors are encouraged to be open for business on GI at least 1 weekday.

Monday - Friday
10 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday
10 am - 7 pm

Available Spaces


Fill out the Food Vendor Permit application available below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however all applications must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the planned first date on the Island. Once your permit has gone through the initial review process, TGI staff will be in touch to discuss your application within (2) weeks.


Additional paperwork, deposit and site fee are required to complete the permit application. GI staff will request the applicant to submit the below items:

  • Certificate of Insurance that meets TGI’s requirements 
  • Signed Permit Addendum document (provided separately)
  • Operational Plan (outline provided separately) 
  • Security Deposit (TGI will let you know the amount within (2) weeks)
  • Site Fee Payment (TGI will let you know the amount within (2) weeks)

Once your permit has been approved TGI will reach out to discuss next steps, including scheduling a site visit/tour, and if applicable, confirming dates and locations/space assignments for the 2017 season.

Apply Now

If you are not yet a registered user, you will be prompted to sign up before you can fill out the application.

Register & Apply For Permit