Street performers, including pavement artists, must ask the permission of the mall or landowner. For the public places that Council manages, we have set aside some areas where street performers do not require a permit. In other cases a permit is required.

Council has laid out rules for managing street performers in the public places it manages in the following:

We have set aside some designated areas where street performers do not require a permit (unless the street performer is using dangerous materials, objects or animals), but they must follow the guidelines below.

Register of Nominated Street Performance Sites [PDF 7.1MB], a permit is required outside these designated areas.


General conditions for all street performances

All street performances, whether they need a permit or not, must comply with these general conditions:

  • As a courtesy, street performers are encouraged to introduce themselves to the nearest stalls and shops, prior to a street performer starting their performance
  • A street performer must not play music, sing, or otherwise entertain at any site for a period in excess of one hour (60 minutes)
  • A street performer may only perform between the hours of 10am and 6pm unless specifically authorised as part of an event permit
  • A street performer may only solicit money by placing a receptacle on the ground, but must not directly approach members of the public for money nor sell goods of any description
  • A street performer must not obstruct or hinder the passage of pedestrians or vehicles
  • A street performer must not create any nuisance or unreasonable noise, and must take all reasonable precautions to protect public safety
  • A street performer must not use amplified equipment unless specifically permitted by an authorised Council officer
  • A street performer must not continue to perform at any location if requested to move on by any authorised Council officer.

In addition, all street performers should note that the sale of any goods is not permitted as part of the street performance activity, and a separate trading permit under this policy must be obtained.


Street performance permit

A street performance permit is required if:

  • a street performer wants to perform outside a nominated street performance area
  • a street performer uses dangerous materials, objects or animals (and they must comply with any other applicable legislation and policies)
  • a street performer wants to create pavement art

Download and complete a street performance application form [PDF 1.3MB]

The fee for this permit is $37 (including GST).

Please note, applications will be actioned within 10 working days provided all required information has been submitted. If the form is incomplete there may be a delay in processing.


Pavement art

A street performance permit is required by all pavement artists, working in any area, including nominated street performance areas. Pavement artists must comply with the Street Performers general conditions and the general conditions for Pavement Artists.

Pavement art is not permitted in the Central City unless it is part of an approved event. The sites where pavement art is permitted as part of the event will be stipulated as part of the event permit.

Pavement artists may be allowed outside the Central City area on the approval of a permit. The sites where pavement art is permitted will be stipulated as part of the permit. Advertising on the pavement is not considered pavement art under this policy and is not allowed in any circumstances.

General conditions for pavement artists

If a permit is approved, pavement artists must:

  • Ensure all work directly on the pavement is created with materials that can be washed off with water without leaving any residue. The materials must not be slippery or create a public hazard
  • Ensure all work on removable surfaces such as plastic, canvas or paper/card is fixed to the pavement by means of a product that does not leave a residue on the pavement
  • Keep their site clean, tidy and safe at all times
  • Not offer individual works of art or products by artists for sale at the site.