Busking and street performance helps to enrich Christchurch’s vibrancy and is defined as any person or group of persons who are actively providing a performance to entertain in exchange for a donation.
Busking and other street performance makes an important contribution to the vibrant cultural life in Christchurch. We’ve made it easy for people to perform in the Central City where there are several excellent spaces, such as Hack Circle.
The Code of Conduct for street performers provides the framework to assist performers, businesses and residents in understanding the rules for busking. The aim is to foster an environment that encourages and enables a range of street performances while recognising the importance of safety, amenity and minimising complaints and other issues.
All street performers are required to fully read and adhere to the Code of conduct for street performers(external link).
As a performer, you are able to:
- perform on most footpaths, shared roads and public spaces in the Central City.
- set up for 30 minutes and perform for 60 minutes on any one site per day.
- ask an audience for donations in a respectful manner.
The Council may, from time to time, designate specific areas where street performance is permitted or prohibited. The nominated street performance areas will be included in a register.
All street performers should note that the sale of any goods is not permitted as part of the street performance activity. A separate trading permit under this policy must be obtained to do so.
Performers will require a permit if:
- they are wanting to perform in a non-exempt area (see the Code of conduct for street performers(external link)).
- their performance uses potentially dangerous materials or objects.
- they are a pavement artist.
The fee for this permit is $37 (including GST).
Please note, applications will be actioned within 10 working days provided all the required information has been submitted. If the form is incomplete there may be a delay in processing.
We have laid out rules for managing street performers in public places in the following: