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Draft Busking Guidelines 2020

Meeting: 18/06/2020 - Licensing Committee (Item 35)

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The Senior Licensing Officer introduced the report with the draft voluntary Busking Guidelines shown in Appendix 1. It was noted that whilst the guidelines were voluntary, the Council were obligated by law to reduce noise obstruction and anti-social behaviour. The Licensing Team often received enquiries concerning Busking Guidelines and it was felt that by creating voluntary guidelines, the document would be viewed by potential buskers before the Licensing Team were contacted.


The Senior Licensing Officer confirmed that the draft guidelines included provision for three types of action; verbal, written and enforcement, should buskers choose to act against the guidelines given. Any enforcement actions would be undertaken under Environmental Health concerns. If the document was approved an 8-week consultation would be undertaken.


It was noted that there were some contradictions within the guidelines that concerned the use of amplified music. In addition, the hours of operation were questioned, due to the prevalence of buskers outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Senior Licensing Officer confirmed that provisions would be made, if necessary, to the Covid-19 pandemic should the guidelines be agreed at a later date.




1.  Subject to the document being amended to include the feedback given by the Committee, it be agreed for consultation; and


2.  Following the consultation period, the Busking Guidelines together with a summary of key consultation comments, be brought back to the Committee for consideration be agreed.