Busker / street performer permit - Cook Shire Council - Queensland


You will need this permit if you intend to busk or provide entertainment in a public place for money or other type of reward. Busking is regulated to ensure it does not unreasonably impact upon residents and businesses.

Examples of activities which commonly require this permit include:

  • singing or playing a musical instrument
  • juggling
  • dancing
  • magic
  • puppetry
  • miming
  • living statue acts.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You will need to take out public liability insurance to a minimum value of $10 million and name your local council as an interested party. A copy of this document must be submitted before your application is given approval.

To carry out busking activities you must ensure that you do not:

  • cause damage to any council property
  • unreasonably interfere with residential amenity
  • unreasonably interfere with the interests of commercial operators in the vicinity of the busking activity.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You do not need to pay any fees. Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for busker / street performer licence - Please contact your council for information on the current application process and relevant form.
Apply All Holding a public place activity - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Additional information

Some instruments may be prohibited under council local law.

Administering agency

Cook Shire Council

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:

Customer Service Team

Cook Shire Council

Operating address: 10 Furneaux Street
Cooktown, Queensland 4895
Mailing address: PO BOX 3
Cooktown, Queensland 4895
Phone: 07 4082 0500
Fax: 07 4982 0588
Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au
Website: Cook Shire Council (Opens in new window)