Council can grant permission to busk in public areas such as footpaths. The booking is free but you must obtain public liability insurance. Busking without permission or breaching the conditions can incur a fine of $220. If you wish to busk in a shopping centre you will need to get permission from the shopping centre management.

If you see a busker behaving inappropriately, please report it to Council with enough detail (including photos if possible) so that we can take action.

Apply for a busking permit

Step 1.Understand the terms and conditions

Buskers can book a site for a maximum of 3 hours, with a maximum of 3 bookings per week in one site.

Buskers must:

  • not use amplification of any form such as loudspeakers, microphones etc.
  • not perform with more than 2 people together at the same time
  • not have acts that place the public in danger or create a public nuisance

Buskers must not carry out non-busking activities such as begging, advertising, promotion of or sale of goods, political rallying, religious spruiking, artists displays and face or body painting.

There are no auditions but Council reserves the right to withdraw or refuse a booking at any time if the terms and conditions are not met.

Busking without permission or breaching the conditions can incur a fine of $220.

Read the full terms and conditions(PDF, 169KB).

Step 2.Obtain public liability insurance 

Buskers must obtain their own Public Liability Insurance (for a minimum amount of $5 million) before booking a site. The insurance must cover the booking use, legal liability to the public in respect of personal injury, and include Coffs Harbour City Council as an interested party on the policy. You must have a copy of the required insurance available when busking so you can present it to any officer of Council who requests it. 

Step 3.Select your busking area

You can book one of these designated areas using our online form. 

To book outside a designated area, please send us an email detailing exactly where you would like to busk.


Footpath Beach Street Woolgoolga, outside the NAB

Footpath Nightingale Street Woolgooga, outside the Pharmacy


Footpath First Avenue Sawtell, outside the RSL

Coffs Harbour

City Square Sails Coffs Harbour, outside the St George

Please note: The lane way next to Woolworths in Park Avenue Coffs Harbour is a thoroughfare and bus stop and is therefor not appropriate for busking.

Step 4.Submit your application 

You will need to indicate you have your insurance when you apply. The application should take about 5 minutes.

Buskers under 18

Buskers under 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian when you apply. If you are under 16 years of age you must also be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times while busking.

Apply to busk in a designated area

What happens next?

You will see a confirmation screen in the booking system that your request has been accepted. You will also receive a confirmation email.

Please remember to take a copy of your insurance with you when busking so that it can be inspected by an officer of Council.