Street performers and buskers need a street performance and busking licence to perform in public.
We must consider the needs of our residents, businesses and street users, and provide rules and guidelines for performing in public places. These rules and guidelines keep people safe while supporting our vibrant arts culture.
Types of performance and busking
Busking is music, arts or an activity performed for the general public for a donation.
Amateur busker or street performer
Here are a few common examples of buskers:
- musicians, singers, and poets
- dance and drama
- magicians, clowns, and puppeteers
- mimes and statue performance
- visual artists, such as painters.
Professional busker or street performer
These kinds of street performers:
- perform as one of their main income sources
- have a larger repertoire of at least 30 minutes without repeating a song or act
- use a larger space to attract a bigger crowd
- have a website, YouTube channel, Facebook, or other profile.
Types of licences
This licence is for amateurs whose act doesn’t include dangerous materials, objects, and/or create loud sounds.
This licence is for professionals, or acts that include dangerous materials and objects, or create loud sounds. Your application will be reviewed, and if approved, a special licence will be granted.
What you need to get a licence
In order to get your street performance and busking licence you will need:
- If you are under 12 years old, you will need to provide evidence of consent from parent or guardian.
- Depending on your act you may need a fire safety plan and health and safety plan.
- You may need to upload a current public liability insurance certificate.
- If you're a professional performer, you will need cover of $1 million.
- If your act includes dangerous objects or materials, you will need cover of at least $1 million.
- If you your act includes fire, you will need cover of at least $5 million.