City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

Busking General Information, Guidelines & Times

You must have a permit to Busk. There is currently no charge for a permit to busk.

How do I apply for a busking permit?

  1. Read the information below.
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Return to with a copy of some proof of identity with a photograph on OR bring it in to the City of Cockburn in person, (9 Coleville Cres, Spearwood) where we will process it on the spot if we can, otherwise we will post it out to you.
  4. We will acknowledge receipt of your application and process it within five working days.
  5. We will advise you when your permit is ready OR if we have refused your application for any reason. 
  6. You can choose to collect your permit, have it posted to you, or we can email a scanned copy.
  7. When you wish to busk, you will need to call the City so that we can book your spot, as we currently only have one busking area.

    • You will need to call 9411 3444, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
    • You may book up to two hours at a time. Violins, recorders and children under 12 half an hour only.
    • If no one else turns up on the day, you may stay longer.  Priority will be given to confirmed bookings.

Days and Times Permitted

Monday to Saturday 9am - 10pm
Sunday and Public Holidays 11am - 9pm.

Where can I busk?

The only spot currently available in Cockburn is at Cockburn Central Town Square, near the stage.

One permit will be issued for groups of up to 5. Larger groups will be assessed on a case by case basis but may be refused if pedestrian safety or access may be compromised.


Registered charities may apply for a permit to promote their activities or fundraise, as long as they are conducting what is deemed acceptable street entertainment, as above. We will allocate one slot per week for fundraising, at any day or time and this will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Activity not permitted

  1. Selling (except for own CD's)
  2. Promotions
  3. Political rallying
  4. Touting or spruiking
  5. Religious spruiking
  6. Tarot card reading, palmistry and fortune telling
  7. Massage or other physical manipulation
  8. Face or body painting
  9. Temporary tattoo applications
  10. Balloon sculptors

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Council will insure busking permit holders under a special Public Liability Policy obtained to cover buskers within the City of Cockburn. Under the policy busking permit holders are only covered by Council purchased insurance if they:

  1. Hold a valid busker permit issued by the City of Cockburn.
  2. Are operating at a designated busking/street entertainment area within the City of Cockburn.
  3. Have adhered to the permit terms and conditions including operating only within the designated days and times.
  4. The policy is limited to $10 million for any one loss and the busker is responsible for the first $250 of each loss.
  5. Performers who do not conform to the terms and conditions of their busking permit, or who do not have a permit, or whose activities are defined as dangerous (even if permitted by exception), are not covered by the Council purchased Public Liability Insurance and must obtain their own Public Liability insurance cover for a minimum of $10 million for each occurrence.


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The Rules
Most of this is common sense, but please take the time to read:

The Permit Holder shall (can we hyperlink to these points)

  1. Busk only in permitted places at permitted times.
  2. Comply with the directions of Authorised Officers of the Council and/or Police and/or other emergency services.  
  3. Carry the Permit issued while performing and be able to produce the Permit at the request of an Authorised Officer of the Council and/or Police. 
  4. Comply with conditions of the permit.
  5. Perform in a manner that portrays a safe and responsible attitude. Safety must always be the prime consideration.
  6. Collect any donations from the public from a receptacle placed on the surface in a manner that does not cause risk or obstruction.
  7. Ensure all equipment and fixtures are installed safely and as close to their allocated position as possible.
  8. Ensure that all electrical equipment being used has been tagged, tested and is in date.
  9. Keep and leave the site tidy.

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The Permit Holder shall not

  1. Create a noise level that undesirably impacts on the operation of adjacent retail outlets or the enjoyment of the public or surrounding tenants.
  2. Cause an undue obstruction or nuisance to pedestrian or vehicular movement or impede in any way entrances to shops or buildings.
  3. Allow a Permit to be used by another person.
  4. Use dangerous implements or materials as part of any performance unless special permission from the Local Government has been sought and approval given. This includes sharp objects, knives, saws, swords, the use of fire or other flammable substances in any manner whatsoever as part of any performance.
  5. Offer for sale anything other than their own original CDs/DVDs.
  6. Use animals or foul or offensive language or behaviour in their performance that may cause distress or embarrassment to the public.
  7. Be drunk or under the influence of drugs.
  8. Interfere with any approved entertainment or activity planned for that location.
  9. Forcefully solicit donations in appreciation of their performance.

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  1. No permit will be granted to a child under the age of 15 years unless there is written consent provided by a parent/guardian agreeing to be in attendance and supervise any performance by the child and indemnify the City of Cockburn against any claims arising from or in association with any performance of the child.
  2. Any Permit granted to a child is valid only during daylight hours in which the child is not required to attend school in accordance with the Education Act, 1972.
  3. A Permit granted to any child up to the age of 15 is valid so long as the child performs together with and/or remains under the direct care and control of the parent/guardian.

The City reserves the right to:

  1. Revoke any Permit(s) issued in circumstances where the Permit conditions are breached.
  2. Issue a busking Permit in cases where the safety and convenience of the public and retailers may be compromised or where a busker(s) have demonstrated continued non-compliance with Permit conditions or behaviour not befitting a public place.
  3. Restrict the number of Busking Permits issued in any one day or for any one type of activity.


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