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Busking in Birmingham

Busking is music, dance, street theatre, performance or art offered live in our streets and squares, for the purposes of entertaining, interacting with members of the public, and receiving voluntary contributions.

Busking is welcome on most public land in Birmingham, no licence is required. However your performance should be considerate of those around you.

Note that there are 2 new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in operation from 15 August 2022 in the City Centre.

These orders prohibit or restrict the use of amplifiers and musical instruments in certain key areas.

Visit our PSPO web page to view these orders.

We have drawn up some guidance for buskers. Read our handy quick guide before performing.

You must have a charitable street collection licence if you are performing to collect money for charity.

Visit our page on collecting money for charity

If you wish to sell CDs or other merchandise whilst busking then you may need street trading consent.

Note that child employment regulations in Birmingham prohibit anyone of compulsory school age from busking – whether or not money is collected.

Report a problem with a busker


Page last updated: 26 February 2024