Busking permit

Busking is permitted within the Central Business District at Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and parts of southern Gold Coast (Coolangatta, Kirra and Tugun). A permit is required to busk.

Buskers can apply for a permit to use all approved busking locations within the Gold Coast.

There is no application fee. If your application is successful, you will be required to pay an annual permit fee.

Buskers are permitted to advertise and sell items related to their performance. Refer to the busking guidelines(PDF, 3MB)

Applicants may be required to audition. The judging panel will recommend whether to approve an application.

How to apply

Before applying, please make sure you read the busking guidelines(PDF, 3MB)

Choose from the options below to apply for a new busking permit.

Online

In person

Step 1.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Busking permit application form(PDF, 49KB)

Step 2.Visit one of our customer service centres

Submit your application at one of our customer service centres Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm.

By mail

Step 1.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Busking permit application form(PDF, 49KB)

Step 2.Send us your completed application form

Post to:

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726

Next steps

We will contact you by phone or email if you have been successful in progressing to an audition.

Approved applicants will be notified, and they can then pay the permit fee. We will also advise if a certificate of public liability insurance is required.