Do I need a permit to busk?

Yes. Council issues permits for busking on Council-controlled land, such as footpaths, the Esplanade and parks.

From the 1 February 2018, Council will issue two types of Busking Permits – an Initial Permit and a Standard Permit.

Initial Permit

An Initial Permit is for four weeks (unless otherwise stated) and will be issued if:

  • The busker has not had a permit before
  • The busking activity is a Category A activity:
    • Category A includes all busking activities except for the Category B activities listed below
  • The busking activity is to be carried out at a designated location within the Cairns CBD (link to CBD map)

Standard Permit

A Standard Permit is for 12 months (unless otherwise stated) and will be issued if:

  • The busker has previously had an initial permit and wishes to continue busking
  • The busking activity is a Category B activity:
    • Includes the use of dangerous materials or instruments (read more at What is a dangerous material or implement?)
    • Balance, juggling or circle acts
    • Pavement art performances
    • Involves use of percussion or noisy instruments
  • The busking activity will take place outside the designated area within the Cairns CBD

Read more at How do I apply for a Busking Permit?

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Last updated: 22 January 2018