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Busking & Raffles

If you would like to busk in a public place, sell raffle tickets, or run street appeals and promotions, there are licences you need to obtain.

The application to conduct an activity in a public place allows you to apply for permission to do these activities.  You will also need to pay the relevant fee for your activity.

Raffles

If you are organising or running a raffle you may need permission from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).  For more information please view the DIA website.

ALSO - If you intend to sell raffle tickets in a public area, you need to bring your completed TCC application form and relevant fee to the Council customer service centre.

Please note that liquor cannot be raffled.

Application to conduct an activity in a public place  (230kb pdf)

Application to conduct an activity in a public place (258kb word)

Buskers

If you would like to busk in a public space you need a busking licence from the Council.  You will need to keep your licence with you while you are busking and produce it if asked.

There are no age restrictions to get a busking licence.  The licence will take five working days to process. 
 
Application to conduct an activity in a public place  (230kb pdf)

Application to conduct an activity in a public place (528kb word)

General rules for busking

  • You should ensure free and safe access for pedestrians along any footpaths or thoroughfares near the performance area. 
     
  • You should ensure you and your audience do not block shop doorways during business hours, fire escapes, bus stops and road ways. 
     
  • You should keep noise to a reasonable level at all times. 
     
  • You will need to move on from your location if you are asked to move on by any authorised person. 
     
  • Buskers cannot sell food or merchandise – a busking licence does not allow you to do that.

If you would like to busk in private areas (ie Bayfair) you will need permission from the building/land owner as Council has no control over these areas.


Last Reviewed: 15/04/2016