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Street entertainment - licensing

From 1 April 2014 it has been decided to change the conditions regarding busking and street entertainment within the city centre. From 1 April there will be no need for street entertainers to seek authorisation from the council before they perform. However, performers are restricted to the following three street entertainment/busking points on the Precinct, points A, B and C (please see the map below). Performance in other locations is not allowed.

Loud music can cause nuisance and performers are asked to keep volumes to reasonable levels and amplified music is not allowed. Additionally, no dangerous or anti social performances are permitted. Failure to do so may lead to action by the city council and/or the police.

Any performers using the above points do so at their own risk and indemnify the council against any damage caused by them, breaches of the law and/or claims made as a result of their usage of the land.

Many passers-by show their appreciation by dropping a few coins in a hat and this is allowed without authorisation providing that this forms part of the performers income. Collecting money for charities will need approval in advance from the city council’s Licensing Team.

In addition, the sale of goods by performers (including CDs and DVDs) is not allowed as this is street trading which is contrary to a local Sale of Goods Order.

For more information please contact us using the details below:


Charitable collections: www.southampton.gov.uk/charitycollection

Noise: 023 8083 2531


Downloadable documents

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PDF document Premises Licence Summary 1042 KB 4secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document City Centre Busking sites 190 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
Link to download Adobe Acrobat if required

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