What is busking?

Busking is a person (or group of people) performing within a public place in exchange for a donation.

Council divides busking into 2 categories.

Category A busking covers activities such as playing a musical instrument, dancing, singing, puppetry, miming or other acts of a similar nature.

Category B busking covers:

The following examples are not considered busking and are therefore not allowed.

  • Begging;
  • Advertising or promotion of goods;
  • Salespersons of any kind soliciting money for any purpose;
  • Fundraising for events, even if they include a performance element;
  • Touting or spruiking;
  • Political rallying;
  • Religious spruiking;
  • Face or body painting;
  • Tarot card reading, palmistry and fortune telling;
  • Massage, chiropractic treatment or any other physical manipulation;
  • Artists displaying pre-fabricated artworks or goods or displaying pre-fabricated displays.
Last updated: 22 January 2018