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Busking is defined as a musical performance undertaken by a person to entertain the public, seeking voluntary reward for the performance, on local government-controlled areas. We are proud of our central business district precincts and open space areas and are keen for residents and visitors alike to experience a relaxed shopping, dining or town visit within a safe and harmonious environment. Under Subordinate Local Law No.4 (Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads) 2011, busking is permitted, subject to public safety/enjoyment requirements.
Busking can be carried out on a local government-controlled area. We do not control busking on private property including non-council controlled areas, roads and reserves. Should a busker wish to enter such areas, then a separate arrangement needs to be set between the relevant parties.
To obtain a permit to perform on a Council controlled area, complete and submit an application form along with video footage of a recent performance. Depending on the extent of the busking performance, it may be as simple as submitting an application and receiving a permit requiring compliance with standard conditions of approval.
There is no fee for a busking permit (which will remain valid for three months).
Busking application form (online)
Busking application form (for print)
Our standard conditions are applied to ensure that a busker operates in a safe manner and blends in with the amenity of the area.
In general, standard conditions are as follows:
Busking without a permit exposes the busker to legal action for conducting a prohibited activity on a local government-controlled area.
Complying with Council's requirements ensures that the activity is conducted in a safe and harmonious manner.