I'd just go ahead and rent the suit and start doing parties. I'm not familiar with the Texas laws regarding operating a business. Do you need a "Tax" licence? I do know if you start asking around the city or county or state... all they will want to do is TAX you. Just go ahead and do it. Remember it's always easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission.
The "Santa" and his wife that I worked with for many years even attended a Santa School. They were great.
"Santa Paws" pictures... fund raiser for the Hawaii Humane Society.
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