Busking Permit

You must have a permit to perform as a busker in Stonnington.

A busker provides street entertainment for passers-by and does not charge a set fee. They can be musical performers, singers, comedians, theatrical and performance artists.

Busking does not include tarot readers, fortune tellers and sketch artists — these activities are considered hawking and are not permitted.

Busking permits are issued for either six-month period:

  • 1 October to 31 March
  • 1 April to 30 September

Use our Permit Finder if you’re not sure what permits you need.

For more information, contact our Local Laws team at footpathtrading@stonnington.vic.gov.au or on 03 8290 1333.

How to apply

Online

  1. Review busking conditions
    Read through the conditions for busking in Stonnington.
  2. Complete the application
    Apply and pay for the permit online.
    Apply and pay now

  3. Receive your permit
    We will send your permit via email.

Post or email

  1. Review busking conditions
    Read through the conditions for busking In Stonnington.
  2. Complete the application
    Download and complete the application form(PDF, 140KB).
    Email your completed form to council@stonnington.vic.gov.au
    Or mail to:
    City of Stonnington
    PO Box 58
    Malvern 3144

  3. Pay the permit fee
    We will email you a link where you can pay online. Or you can call our Customer Service team on 03 8290 1333 to pay.

  4. Receive your permit
    We will send your permit via email.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How much does a Busking Permit cost?

A busking permit for one six-month period is $27.

How long does it take to get a Busking Permit?

We process most permits within five business days.

What are the conditions for a Busking Permit?

Conditions you should know about busking in Stonnington:

  • Busking is only allowed between the hours of 7am to 11pm.
  • Busking groups of more than six people are not permitted without special approval.
  • Busking in front of or around town halls and other Council buildings is generally not permitted during business hours.
  • Amplified music or percussion type instruments are not permitted.
  • The busker must always have the permit with them when performing.
  • Buskers cannot sell any merchandise or product.
  • Children aged under 13 years must be accompanied by a person aged over 16 years and have with them written permission from their parent or guardian.
  • Children aged between 13 and 16 years must have written permission from their parent or guardian.

Before applying, read the Busking Permit Application Conditions.