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Do you need a license to busk?
- Amy (26th May 2023 - 11:19:22)

I've looked on the council and it says nothing about busking. Please help!

Re: Do you need a license to busk?
- Salty (26th May 2023 - 12:03:41)

Hello Amy

No you do not need a licence to busk.

However you should observe the following

Don't obstruct the pavement
Don't display a sign asking for money
Don''t be too loud ( probably personal opinion )
Obviously don't pitch up on private ground ~ Sainsbury's for example.
Be smiley and polite

In the day, one could make more money in half an hour at Oxford Street Underground than a hard days work.

Good luck

Re: Do you need a license to busk?
- BD (26th May 2023 - 15:45:07)

Apparently a Saturday in Chichester can produce upwards of £200 (If you are any good at what you do.

Re: Do you need a license to busk?
- JBS (26th May 2023 - 16:03:10)

Within the caveats mentioned in the earlier post, you do not need a license to busk. On private property (eg London Underground) the owners (TFL, etc.) can grant permits to busk.

However, to beg on the street a license is required, as it is illegal (as far as I know) to beg on the street without a 'license to beg'. All the registered 'Big Issue' sellers display such a license.

Re: Do you need a license to busk?
- passfield resident (26th May 2023 - 20:39:21)

Busking isn't begging

Re: Do you need a license to busk?
- AF (27th May 2023 - 08:17:57)

Some enterprising buskers even have a contactless payment device, although i have to say i think that's a bit sad.

Re: Do you need a license to busk?
- KM (27th May 2023 - 20:52:09)

AF - seeing as many people no longer carry cash contactless devices are a must. It's not sad, it's simply very good business sense opening a new channel in which to get paid.

Re: Do you need a license to busk?
- T (27th May 2023 - 21:43:53)

If your running a business providing a service even just for tips I think you need to register with Inland Revenue as self employed, if it's anything like my business you'll need a Health and Safety Survey to ensure noone has a trip or fall over your equipment, that no-ones ears get hurt, that everyone knows where to meet if your guitar explodes and there is no asbestos in the paint, you'll need a million pounds public liability cover, a carbon performance certificate and a race awareness policy, you'll need to show that you support gender fluidity and that your playlist incorporates every possible cultural taste, having said that there probably won't be much tax if any to pay unless as an earlier poster said you can earn in an hour what a hard working professional earns in a week, blimey I may even try it myself, anyone got a banjo, it sounds like a simpler and more profitable life:)

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