Busking

Busking: To perform in a public place, including the playing of an instrument, singing, dancing, juggling, mime, puppetry, performance art, conjuring, aerobatics, recitation, undertaking artworks and performing other acts of theatrical or visual form

Busking conditions

A person may busk in a public place provided they are registered on the Council’s busking register using the Activities in Public Places Registration Form, and agree to comply with all of the following conditions.

A busker must be:

  • at least 50m from another busker
  • at least 3m from any residential, retail or commercial premises unless the busker has permission of the owner/occupier of the premises to busk at a closer distance

The busker will not:

  • obstruct pedestrian flow
  • use an amplified sound system
  • perform in a manner that in the reasonable opinion of a Council officer causes or is likely to cause an injury or nuisance to any person or damage to any property owned or controlled by the Council
  • argue, intimidate, insult or abuse the public
  • perform within 200m of the area designated for an event authorised by Council
  • Stay in one location for more than one hour (you must move at least 50m from your location each time)
  • Will not return to the same location within a 12 hour period.

General conditions for all activities in a public place

1. Nuisances

A person must not use a public place to:

(a) do anything to cause or allow a nuisance to occur.

(b) wilfully obstruct, disturb or interfere with any other person in their use or enjoyment of that public place.

(c) use any material or thing recklessly or in a manner which may intimidate, be dangerous, be injurious to or cause a nuisance to any person.

(d) do anything to cause or allow damage to any property owned or controlled by the Council.

2. Distribution of leaflets and canvassing

A person must not in connection with a trading activity in a public place:

(a) deposit leaflets, flyers or other promotional material on any vehicle.

(b) distribute leaflets, flyers or other promotional material except within retail premises offering related goods or services for sale or hire provided the owner or occupier has given permission for the distribution to occur.

(c) distribute samples unless the distribution of samples occurs within retail premises offering related goods or services for sale or hire provided the owner or occupier has given permission for the distribution to occur.

(d) tout, solicit, canvass, entice, or accost any person.

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For further information please contact QLDC at services@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 0499