Busking is not usually considered a licensable activity under the Licensing Act 2003. However if you want to sell any goods, such as CDs and merchandise, you will need a street trading licence.
You don't need a licence for unamplified live music between the hours of 8am and 11pm.
Getting permission from the landowner
You must get permission from the landowner to busk. This could be:
- the highways authority (to busk on public highway)
- the town council
- a private landowner
What you need to consider
Busking is not illegal but you should ensure you are:
- not making too much noise
- not blocking public highways (footpaths, pavements, open pedestrian areas)
- not displaying notices asking for payment
- not using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or written material
- Children under 14 aren’t allowed to busk.
- You are asked to comply with any requests to move on from a council official, police officer or high street warden. This is down to common courtesy, if we receive a noise complaint, turning your music down may be a suitable compromise.
- If you are interested in busking or performing street entertainment on Poole High Street, you will need a permit. This consists of a simple form and an understanding of the code of conduct. You will need to return the completed form with 2 passport sized photographs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the permit application form. The busking entertainment permit costs £25 per year and applications are only granted following a successful audition. Please be aware that the maximum time allowed per busker in each location is 2 hours a day. Overstaying your welcome may lead to you being moved on. Persistent breaking of rules may invalidate your permit.