Busking and Street Performance

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The City of Hobart recently undertook a 6-month trial of changed terms and conditions to our Busking and Street Performance Program, which has now concluded.

Temporary Permit 2021

The City of Hobart Busking and Street Performance Program – Temporary Permit 2021, allows buskers and street performers to continue to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the 6-month trial and at the same locations throughout the Hobart local government area as established for the trial.

The issuing of a temporary permit gives the City the time needed to evaluate the findings of the trial. The City will then make a decision on the future terms and conditions for the program based on the trial outcomes. 

Apply for a Busking and Street Performance Permit

Buskers and street performers can apply for a City of Hobart Busking and Street Performance Program – Temporary Permit 2021 from 25 March 2021. These permits will be valid from 1 April until 30 June 2021.

All persons currently holding a Busking and Street Performance Program 6-month trial permit will be automatically issued a Temporary Permit, there is no need to re-apply.

Apply online

Please allow 4 business days for assessment of this application.

Busking and Street Performance 6-month trial information 

The Busking and Street Performance Program 6-month trial aimed to create more vibrant and appealing public spaces throughout Hobart by increasing opportunities for informal performances and creative expression.  

At a time when creative industries, retail and tourism have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the trial aimed to expand opportunities for local musicians and street performers to potentially generate a financial income whilst also activating public spaces and positively impacting on local businesses.

The trial involved an increase to the number of locations where busking and street performance was permitted from 3 to 27 locations and involved a mix of city and suburban shopping precincts along with a selection of parks.

The trial required buskers and street performers to adhere to a set of terms and conditions so that the program is fair to participants, businesses and the public and the program trial is successful for everyone.

Throughout the trial period the community were invited to provide feedback on the trial via the City of Hobart Your Say website. Permitted buskers were also surveyed for their feedback. This feedback will be provided to Council in a report in late May and the outcomes will inform the program after the temporary permit period.

The City defines busking or street performance as the act of performing in a public place often, but not always, in exchange for money. Performers wishing to apply for a City of Hobart Busking and Street Performance Program – Temporary Permit 2021 should refer to the terms and conditions in the document below along with the permitted locations document.

Busking and Street Performance 6-Month Trial - 2020-21 Information and FAQs(PDF, 319KB)

Busking and Street Performance 6-Month Trial - Locations and Terms and Conditions(PDF, 1MB)

For any further information or queries please contact the City of Hobart Activation Programs and Tourism Unit on activations@hobartcity.com.au or phone 03 6238 2890 during business hours.