Busking at South Bank

Buskers are an important part of South Bank – there’s nothing like the gentle strum of a guitar or the mystery of a magician to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. All of the details for busking at South Bank are listed below. 

Short Term Permits


South Bank issues two types of short term permit:

  • Short term permit. This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and wanting to busk in the precinct.
  • Special short term permit. This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and wanting to busk in the precinct using high risk elements in their performance such as ladders, fire, juggling knives, unicycles, balancing acts and so forth. Performing with whips is not permitted. For special permits a copy of Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of $20 million Australian dollars is required. An exclusion zone must be set around the performance area with rope.

If you would like to apply for a short term permit, please fill out the short term busking permit form and submit it to lstrong@brisbanemarketing.com.au. Please also note that Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licenses is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into. 

Annual Permits

Annual permits are issued once year. Please note that annual busking permits have now been issued for 2014. An audition will take place on Saturday 29 November 2014 at Roma Street Parkland for 2015 permits. Please be aware auditions are pre-arranged, and walk-ins will not be accepted.

If you wish to apply for an annual busking permit please complete and submit the applicable application form. The applicable form will be available on this page mid-September 2014 and applications will close on 17 November 2014.