Busking Permit - Council of the City of Sydney - New South Wales


You will require this approval if you intend to sing or play an instrument for money or other type of reward in a public place. There are three categories of busking permits:

  • Low impact - A small footprint in public space with sound that is easily managed.
  • High impact - A large footprint in public space and / or have sound that is harder to manage and / or use materials that pose a greater risk.
  • Extended duration - Minimal impact on nearby people or places but need a long period of time to be performed.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information on the criteria, conditions and assessments required for each category.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

If you are applying for busking permit that falls in the high impact category, or you are on probation following a breach of the policy or Sydney Busking Code, you may need to attend a high impact assessment prior to renewing or gaining a busking permit.


As specified on the permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $13.00

Three month permit.

Apply Application All $47.00

Twelve month permit.

General Duplicate Certificate All $6.00 Replacement three month permit.
General Duplicate Certificate All $11.00 Replacement twelve month permit.
General Miscellaneous All $105.00

Safety review.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Busking Permit Application - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 New South Wales

Lodgement process


When applying, you will have to provide a completed application form, proof of identity and proof of a high impact assessment (if applicable).

Approval time

Approvals will usually be issued over the counter the same day you apply.

Additional information

This information does not apply to land managed by other agencies, including:

  • Centennial Parklands
  • Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and The Rocks (Property NSW)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain Trust
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Urban Growth NSW Development Corporation.

Administering agency

Council of the City of Sydney

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Council of the City of Sydney

Operating address: Town Hall House
Level 2
456 Kent Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1591
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Phone: 02 9265 9333
Email: busking@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Website: Council of the City of Sydney (Opens in new window)

Supporting information