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Busking includes any of the following activities:

  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Singing
  • Giving a recitation
  • Performing magic, juggling, music, puppetry or dance
  • Drawing a message, picture
  • Performing any other form of entertainment on a road or in a public place

Is a permit required?

Busking in the form of singing or playing a non-amplified musical instrument may be performed without a permit, subject to permit conditions.

A permit is required for all forms of busking.

To busk at the Dandenong Market, you must obtain permission from the market office. Phone 9701 3850 for more information.

Applying for a local law permit

If a local law permit is required complete an application for a busking permit form (103KB).

Fees apply and must be paid at time of application. See Local Law Permit Fees 2018-2019 PDF (426KB) for current fees.

When submitting an application for any other type of busking, the applicant must attach proof of a $5 million public liability insurance cover indemnifying Council against any possible claims arising from the activity.

Permits issues are only valid for four days within any 30 day period.

Busking conditions


  • Must obtain written consent from the proprietor of the business outside which they intend to busk
  • Are not to cause annoyance or obstruction to persons or traffic
  • Are not to obstruct doorways of other entrances
  • Must cease the activity immediately when requested by the business proprietor or an authorised council officer
  • Are not to busk in the one location for more than two consecutive days
  • Are not to use electronic amplification equipment, unless they hold a permit
  • If holding a busking permit, it must be presented upon request