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.


Glasgow, United Kingdom

Grade: 8 – Ranking 2nd

— Busking is legal.

— There is no mandatory licence.

— Amplification is allowed, except at night.

— There is a code of ethics for buskers.

— There do not seem to be any restrictions when it comes to equipment.

— There is, however, the chance of equipment seizure as a punishment measure in extreme cases.

—  The local authorities seem to realise the importance of busking and wish to support it, especially on the Style Mile.

—  The local authorities seem to support a self-regulation approach when it comes to monitoring and managing busking.