Busking and Street Entertainment
This page provides information on the permit requirements for busking or providing street entertainment in Porirua City.
A Council permit is required to busk or provide street entertainment
The term busking is commonly used to describe street entertainment provided by individuals or groups for cash or donations from passers by and includes:
- Singing - whether solo, duet, group or choir with or without musical accompaniment.
- Musical performances - whether solo or with a group, band or orchestra.
- Street concerts, talent quests or Karaoke competitions.
- Artistic, theatrical, cultural or other forms of public entertainment.
- Gymnastic and other athletic or sports displays.
A Council permit is required to busk in any public place in Porirua City. For business or other promotional activities, a different type of permit is required.
There are conditions set for busking in Porirua City
You must have a reasonable standard of talent, proficiency and presentation.
Busking times and locations are restricted to a maximum period of two hours in any one location on any one day unless otherwise specified in the permit.
The use of amplification and/or loud speakers requires special approval in each case. Portable stages, stands, props, furniture, lighting or other equipment may be used provided they are:
- Of a professional design, construction and appearance; and
- Are safe for their intended use; and
- Do not present a danger to the public or passers-by.
- Removed from the site on completion of the busking performance.
All reasonable precautions must be taken to protect public and performer safety.
Your busking or performance cannot include:
- Any obscene, indecent, offensive, defamatory words, language, behaviour, activity, display or dress likely to cause offence to any person, culture or religion.
- Any activity that could create a hazard to or endanger any person.
The entertainment cannot:
- Reduce the useable pedestrian thoroughfare to less than 75% of its total width.
- Obstruct or impede access to nearby shops, businesses or premises.
- Create excessive noise whereby it becomes intrusive to others.
You must leave your approved site in a clean tidy condition with all rubbish removed.
Advertising signs, posters and placards are restricted to the immediate busking site provided they comply with Council's advertising sign requirements and are removed on completion of your performance.
Performances must be provided free for unrestricted public viewing. Donations may be received from the public provided they are spontaneously and freely given. Canvassing for donations or payment is prohibited.
Your permit is to be available for inspection by a Police or authorised Council Officer when required and all directions given by such officers must be immediately complied with.
Council may revoke your permit at any time.
Apply to Council for your permit
To apply for your busking permit print off and complete the Application Form for Street Entertainment Permit (see link below) and submit it to Council’s Customer Services Centre.
Proof of identity and/or address and an audition may be required as part of the application process.
Council’s public place events calendar will be checked upon receipt of your application to confirm the proposed performance date, time and place are available. If there are prior bookings alternatives will be discussed with you.
There is no permit fee.
Electricity connection access is available under the canopied areas of the City Centre
Electricity supply connections are available under the canopied areas of the central shopping centre for use in public events. For connection details call or visit the Porirua Visitor Information Centre situated in Cobham Court, Porirua City.
The electricity supply connection will be confirmed after you have been issued with your busking permit. A refundable key deposit is payable.
The under canopy music system will be turned off in the area where you are performing during your performance.
Where the electricity connections are used the connection and cables must be suitably protected for reasons of public safety.
Links to more busking information
Porirua City Council links: