What is a busking licence?
Whether you are a singer or a dancer and you want to perform to a crowd in public, you will need a busking licence.
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Some local authorities may not require you to have a busking licence, but you may need the permission of the landowner if the land that is being performed on is privately owned.
Restrictions to performing in public
On occasions, particularly for people living or working in the center, busking may be intrusive, annoying or disturbing, as a result, each local council will have their own regulations in place in terms of what public spaces you may not be able to perform in, such as outside a tube station entrance or within crowded places.
There may also be restrictions in place in terms of how long you can perform. You will need to move on, or stop performing, if requested to do so by a police officer if they feel the performance is causing a disturbance or infringing on public safety.
If you are a singer or musical performer who is selling CD’s of their work in public you will need a Street Trading Licence.
While you can accept money and donations from members of the public, you should not have signs asking for or prompting payment.
How to apply for a busking licence
Busking Licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.