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Busking and street performing

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Everyone is welcome to busk on public land in Rochdale borough.

Report a busker or street performer causing a nuisance

If a busker or street performer is causing a nuisance:

  1. If you're happy to do so, please approach the busker and politely explain they're causing a disturbance. Buskers are usually unaware they're causing a problem. Most buskers will be glad to do what they can to reduce the noise or move if they're blocking a path.

  2. If the street performer or busker is still causing an issue, you can:

Do I need a busking or street performance licence?

You don't need a licence for busking and street performing in Rochdale borough. 


Guidance for busking and street performing

When busking in Rochdale borough, you must keep to the following guidance. You should:

  • Play at a reasonable volume so you can't be heard over 50 metres away.
  • Not obstruct roads, paths or access to shops and cash machines.
  • Only perform between 10am-10pm. Even during these hours you should stop playing if you're asked to do so by local residents or businesses.
  • Move to a new location, at least 50 metres away, every 60 minutes and not return to the same location within the same 24 hours.
  • Not use amplification or drums when performing as they create lots of noise and complaints.
  • Actively collect money or ask for money by using a sign or any other means. You're allowed to have a receptacle, such as a hat, music case or box for the acceptance of donations from the public.
  • Perform in a way which could be considered dangerous or inappropriate or in a way likely to cause alarm, distress or offence.
  • Not make use of street furniture. This includes not putting up posters or adverts on street furniture.


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Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU