Apply for a busking permit

Sydney is a great busking city and we welcome the positive contribution that buskers make to our city.

Permits will be issued over the counter the same day you apply.
$47 for 1 year or $13 for 3 months.

Project Status: When you need to do this

High impact assessments

If your act falls in the high impact category, or you are on probation following a breach of the policy or Sydney busking code, you may need to attend a high impact assessment before you can renew or gain a busking permit (see busking permit application table below for further details).

What you need to do

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Permit costs

Busking permits are available for 3 months (quarterly) or for 12 months (yearly). The 3 month permit is $13. The 12 month permit is $47.

Busking permit categories

Before you start

Local approvals policy

All buskers must read our Local Approvals Policy for Busking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice before they submit their application.

Land managed by other agencies

This application process doesn’t apply to land managed by other agencies, including:

  • Centennial Parklands
  • Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and The Rocks (Property NSW)
  • Sydney Opera House
  • The Royal Botanic Garden (includes The Domain)
  • UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation.

You’ll need to contact these agencies for details about their busking policies.

Other information

Busking restrictions and physical distancing rules for managing crowds

  • We only encourage certain types of busking while physical distancing is in place.
  • We welcome acts by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and performances that don’t encourage people to dwell.
  • Other types of busking such as circle acts and group performances aren’t encouraged.
  • We’re not carrying out high impact assessments for new busking applications or issuing new permits during this time.

Your responsibilities

If you’re still busking, it’s your responsibility to manage your crowds in line with NSW Health restrictions.

You must:

  • remind your audiences to keep 1.5m from other people
  • keep 1.5m from others and practice good hand hygiene.

If you’ve travelled overseas or come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

City rangers will monitor busking performances and advise about these restrictions as needed.

Areas where buskers can perform

Buskers can perform in permitted areas provided they adhere to the City of Sydney Busking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practice policy and the Sydney busking code.

Special busking sites have additional conditions – refer to the Sydney busking code.

Hyde Park north

  • Archibald Fountain
  • St James station entrance, corner Elizabeth and Market streets
  • intersection of Park and Elizabeth streets.

Martin Place

  • intersection of Pitt Street and Martin Place, east of the Lloyd Rees Fountain
  • other Martin Place busking locations are currently affected by road and building works.

Pitt Street Mall

  • north (near King Street intersection)
  • central (near MidCity Centre)
  • south (near Market Street intersection).

QVB forecourt

  • southern forecourt only.

Busking etiquette

You can read tips for good busking and learn more about what is expected of buskers in the city by downloading the Sydney busking code.

When performing in public places buskers must make sure their act:

  • does not obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic and entrances to shops or buildings
  • is not excessively loud
  • does not include animals
  • does not vilify or abuse any member of the community
  • complies with the conditions of special busking sites, as outlined in the Sydney busking code.

Non-compliance can be reported to us any day, anytime. Our staff will investigate each complaint received and take appropriate action.

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