If you would like to busk in a public place, sell raffle tickets, or run street appeals and promotions, there are licences you need to obtain.
The application to conduct an activity in a public place allows you to apply for permission to do these activities. You will also need to pay the relevant fee for your activity.
If you are organising or running a raffle you may need permission from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).
If you intend to sell raffle tickets in a public area, you will also need to bring your completed Tauranga City Council application form and relevant fee to the customer service centre - He Puna Manawa - at 21 Devonport Road, Tauranga.
Please note that liquor cannot be raffled.
If you would like to busk in a public space you need a busking licence from the Council. You will need to keep your licence with you while you are busking and produce it if asked.
There are no age restrictions to get a busking licence. The licence will take five working days to process.
General rules for busking
- You should ensure free and safe access for pedestrians along any footpaths or thoroughfares near the performance area.
- You should ensure you and your audience do not block shop doorways during business hours, fire escapes, bus stops and road ways.
- You should keep noise to a reasonable level at all times.
- You will need to move on from your location if you are asked to move on by any authorised person.
Buskers cannot sell food or merchandise – a busking licence does not allow you to do that.
If you would like to busk in private areas (ie Bayfair) you will need permission from the building/land owner as Council has no control over these areas.