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Get a free street performance licence
The Council supports high-quality street performance and aims to build on our reputation as a busking-friendly city.
To do that, we must consider the needs of our inner city residents, businesses and other street users, and have some rules about performing on Wellington’s streets. The rules are to keep people safe, allow them to go about their daily business and activities, while supporting our vibrant street performance culture.
Street performers need a licence, which aims to protect both performers and the public.
The Council encourages street performance in public places where the performance contributes to the city’s vibrancy, can be done safely, and doesn’t interfere with pedestrian or traffic flow, business activity, or residential living.
To give residents, retailers and workers a variety of performances, we expect street performers to fairly share the best performance spots (pitches).
Anyone who understands and can comply with licence conditions can obtain a street performance (busking) licence. We can cancel or refuse to issue a performer’s licence if we believe they are acting irresponsibly or unsafely, or not complying with the licence conditions.
Street performance is a valid way to make money, but people should not feel pressured to give money.
If performing with fire, sound greater than 4 amps or other potentially dangerous materials or objects, you will need a special street performance licence as well as the standard licence.
Busking Street Performers Map
As long as you meet the licence conditions, you can perform a quiet walk-by or roaming act at any time in most public places in Wellington, including the Railaway Station subway.
The exception is public places requiring specific permission.
You need specific permission to perform in:
To get permission, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 04 499 4444.
You can have a sound performance in any public place in Wellington, except for public places requiring specific permission,
In some public places you can only perform at certain times:
Circle acts are only allowed in Courtenay Place, Cuba Mall, Oriental Parade, and at the Railway Station outside the forecourt.
Performances using dangerous materials or objects are only allowed in Cuba Mall and the Courtenay Place circle.
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