Carnival Amusement Permit

Commercial Permitting and Enforcement - ARACPE1052
Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Commercial Permitting and Enforcement

Physical Address:

1002 Washington Ave., 1st floor
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251

8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Admin fee
Valid Period
Dates specified on permit
Processing Time
1 business day


Permit allows any traveling enterprise to operate one or more amusement rides at a location for the purpose of giving participants pleasure and thrills.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Carnival permit application
  • Current Fire permit, if applicable
  • Temporary food permit, if applicable
  • Valid driver's license 
  • Executed lease agreement indicating dates the carnival will operate
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card
Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.