There is a great deal of variation between the amount of regulation different cities impose on busking. There are also differences in how strictly that regulation is enforced.

In many cases there is a conflict of interest between policy makers and street performers when it comes to the policies adopted. As part of this research, we want to highlight the perspective of buskers towards these policies and refer to the difficulties that they face in some cases.

The following sixteen reports on key focus cities illustrate many of the different regulatory approaches to busking. They assess how strictly the regulations are applied in the featured cities and contain feedback on the effects of the regulations from buskers.

The reports are listed alphabetically. First by country and then by city for those countries in which more than one city is featured. Each city is given a grade or score which is the combined value of the factors and regulations governing busking in that city.

Busking Policy

Grade: 3 – Ranking 6th

— Busking is legal.

— There is a no fee licence.

— Amplification is allowed without licence.

— The local authority seems to realise the value of busking and wishes to support it.

— A specific policy for busking is being developed.

—  It is suggested that buskers give due regard to local residents and businesses and seek their permission when located in close proximity to any property.

— The system seems to be generally relaxed and welcomed by the local busking community.