Busking

Busking Permits are once again available. There are some minor changes to help achieve a safe reintroduction of busking activities, including specific conditions for performances in Rundle Mall and its vicinity. All buskers will need to complete a Covid Safe Plan as required by the Emergency Management Directions. Face painting and balloons are not permitted to be part of your performance. 1.5m of physical distancing must be maintained at all times.

For all the latest information and updates on our response to COVID-19 please visit www.cityofadelaide.com.au/covid19.

Adding life, colour and character to the city streets

Busking is a person (or group of people) performing in public in exchange for donations. Musicians, actors, street performers - you’ve no doubt seen or heard them, and the crowds they often attract. The city is brought to life as the buskers add colour and character, provide entertainment, and hopefully making a few dollars in return.

Busking in Adelaide

Anyone can busk in Adelaide, you just need to apply for a free permit first. You can apply online, or in person at our Customer Centre during office hours.

For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, the following criteria apply:

  • groups are limited to a maximum of six people
  • performers under 16 will only be permitted to busk outside school hours and during daylight hours and must have written permission from a parent or guardian
  • the busking permit is for valid for one month, and can easily be renewed online
  • if under 12 years of age, the performer must be constantly supervised by a parent/guardian and only perform in daylight hours

As of Monday 19th October 2020, we are pleased to announce that amplification will return in Rundle Mall in two dedicated busking zones: James Place & Rundle Place. The additional specific conditions apply to ensure public safety:

  • Performances must be within designated areas highlighted in the Rundle Mall Busking Zone map.
  • Amplification is permitted within the two zones highlighted in white on the map.
  • A maximum performance area size of 4m2.
  • Maintaining pedestrian flow and access in Rundle Mall during your performance by performing within 2m of the centre of the Mall.

During this transition time it’s important that our busking guidelines are adhered to, with particular attention given to moderating volume and encouraging of social distancing of any audiences. There is now a permanent Authorised Officer situated in the Rundle Mall Precinct to ensure a smooth transition back to amplification.

As Covid-19 restrictions lift further and things resume to their new normal, these specific conditions will be reviewed. The City of Adelaide in partnership with Rundle Mall are working towards a reintroduction of amplification acts in the mall, with the goal of balancing the needs of our busking community, retailers, businesses, and broader community. You can find FAQs on busking in Rundle Mall at Rundle Mall's website. 

You can read the full Street Permit Guidelines and should understand them before you apply.

Applying for a busking permit

Applying for a busking permit is quick, easy and best of all free. You can apply online or in person.

Before you apply, you’ll need to have the following handy:

  • personal details such as name, address, phone and/or email
  • 1 x photo identification (eg. drivers’ licence, passport, student id card), or
  • 2 x non-photo identification (eg. Health Care Card or phone/utility bill).

If the performer is under 12, parents will need to apply, and the permit issued using your details, therefore please provide your own ID.

Apply for a busking permit now

Where can I busk?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, there are interim specific conditions for performances in Rundle Mall. However, there are many other fantastic areas to show off your skills. These streets are filled with cafes, restaurants and beautiful stores.

Outside of Rundle Mall, in the city or North Adelaide, you can pretty much busk anywhere as long as the footpath has a minimum width of five metres.

Consider places such as King William Street, North Terrace, Flinders Street, Melbourne Street, Jerningham Street, city squares and the Park Lands.

Please just remember:

  • busking must not impede pedestrian access
  • busking is not permitted in front of prominent buildings, such as Town Hall, Parliament House, Government House etc.
  • buskers must maintain a minimum distance of 50 metres from any other busker, preacher, event or promotion
  • the City of Adelaide Busking Permit does not extend to cover busking in the Central Market or inside the Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace
  • busking enquiries for the Adelaide Central Market can be made by calling 8203 7495 on market days.

Remember to keep your busking permit on you at all times and be ready to show it if requested by an authorised Council officer or Police Officer. Good luck and have fun!

Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding permits, please contact the City of Adelaide Customer Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm:

8203 7203