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Man with guitar busking in front of a restaurant in Southport

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).

How to apply

A Busking permit application form must be completed and forwarded to the applicable contact details provided on the form.

Our Busking Guidelines brochure provides a comprehensive guide to busking on the Gold Coast and is recommended reading prior to applying for a busking permit. The guidelines include information about:

  • the application process
  • locations of approved busking sites and performance times
  • licensing periods
  • applicable permit fees and payment details
  • contact details for the relevant management agencies and City department
  • other requirements.

Ensure you review the busking guidelines before applying.

Find a link to the busking permit application form below.

Lost or damaged permit

Find a link to the Busking permit - replacement approval documentation application form below.

Fees apply for the above request and are detailed on the application form. Payment can be made by:

  • cash, cheque or credit card payment options are available at any of our customer service centres;
  • cheques or money orders made payable to City of Gold Coast can be mailed, along with the completed application form, to City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9729.
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