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Busking permits are an approval for an itinerant musician, actor or street performer or group of the same (up to a maximum of 6 people) performing in a public place (in line with available conditions).

  • Children under 16 will only be permitted to busk outside school hours and during daylight hours
  • Permits may be obtained for 1-6 people
  • Monthly permit – permission to busk for the period of one month, as stated on the permit
  • If under 12 years of age, be constantly supervised by a parent/guardian and only perform in daylight hours
  • For a person under the age of 16 to apply for a busking permit they require written permission from a parent or guardian


Anyone can apply for a busking permit.

You are encouraged to read the Street Permit Operating Policy and Guidelines document prior to applying.

DOWNLOAD TO VIEW: Street Permit Operating Policy and  Guidelines

How to Apply

To apply for a busking permit the following information must be supplied;

  • 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. Credit card, medicare card).

You can apply for a busking permit online by completing the form linked below.


A busking permit can also be obtained in person at the front counter of the Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide during business hours.


  • Busking must not impede pedestrian access.
  • Busking is not permitted in front of prominent buildings, eg: Town Hall, Parliament House, Government House etc.
  • Busking enquiries for the Central Market can be made by calling 8203 7495 on market days.
  • 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.


As of July 1, 2015 a fee is no longer charged for a busking permit.


DOWNLOAD: Street Permit Operating Policy and Guidelines

If you have any questions regarding permits, please contact:

City of Adelaide Customer Centre
During business hours 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone: 8203 7203
Fax: 8203 7575
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The information provided by City of Adelaide does not constitute professional advice nor is it conveyed or intended to be conveyed in the course of any adviser-client discourse, but is intended to be general information, and does not necessarily imply sponsorship, endorsement, or approval by City of Adelaide which has no responsibility for the content

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