Permit to Busk

A Permit to Busk is required if you intend playing a musical instrument and/or singing, conjuring, juggling, mime, mimicry, dance, puppetry, performance art, recitation and other appropriate, theatrical and visual forms being activities which attract or attempt to attract a donation rather than a prescribed fee as per the Community Amenity Local Law No 2, page 9.

For busking in areas not owned by Latrobe City Council such as shopping centres, permission should be sought by the centre’s management and a Latrobe City Council permit to busk is not required.

  • Application for a permit to busk will be assessed by the Coordinator Local Laws and may be issued for up to 12 months.
  • When approached by a Local Laws Authorised Officer, buskers must produce proof of current permit.
  • It is the responsibility of the person busking to have a current permit and apply for a renewal prior to expiry. Reminders will not be sent.

How to Apply or Re-apply

Complete the Application for Permit to Busk(DOC, 324KB).

The application form will not be accepted unless the form of indemnity on page 2 is completed. In the case of a busker under the age of 18 this must be completed by parent or legal guardian.

Applicants under the age of 18 years require permission from a parent or guardian and need to be accompanied by that parent or guardian while busking.

As much information should be provided as possible regarding instrument/type of busking, proposed locations, days of week and times.

These standard conditions apply to a Permit to Busk. Other conditions may be imposed at the discretion of Coordinator Local laws.

  1. No sound reinforcement equipment (amplification) may be used;
  2. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to re-apply for this permit, no renewal will be sent;
  3. Should genuine complaints be received the Latrobe City Council reserves the right to revoke the permit at any time;
  4. No permit holder may sell or offer or expose for sale any article or commodity;
  5. The busker must comply with all directions given by members of the Victoria Police or an authorised officer which might include ceasing busking or moving from the busking location where a congestion or inconvenience is being caused to adjoining premises, road users or pedestrian traffic;
  6. No busker may advertise or associate his or her busking with advertising in conjunction with any performance;
  7. Any busker under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whilst busking, at all times;
  8. The permit letter or issued badge must be carried while busking and shown to an Authorised Officer on request.
  9. As several buskers are permitted in the CBD, please consult with adjacent business proprietors prior to setting up and change location if requested to do so.