Auckland City Council
8 December 2008
Performers take to the street with licence to entertain
Auckland City Council has developed a street performance policy to manage and encourage diverse, high quality street
performance in Auckland’s public spaces.
The policy will help to provide greater clarity for performers, businesses and residents around the requirements for
“Street performance plays an important role in the vitality of Auckland city and offers entertainers the chance to gain
experience and develop a public profile,” says Councillor Greg Moyle, chairperson of the Arts, Culture and Recreation
“Clarifying expectations and directing the right activity, to the right location, at the right time, will encourage and
enable a range of street level activity to take place in our city.”
Unrestricted 12-month licences will be issued free-of-charge to street performers who agree to comply with the criteria
outlined in the code of conduct, which seeks to balance a performer’s creative needs with everyday activities taking
place in the city.
The policy provides a fair system for the use of optimum sites and directs performers to appropriate locations for
particular activities, such as special sites identified for pavement art and areas designated for acts that attract
A street performance handbook is available for download on Auckland City Council’s website to help performers, residents
and retailers understand how the new system works.
As of 15 December licences are required by all performers in Auckland city and can be obtained from Auckland City
Council service centre at 35 Graham Street. Visit www.aucklandcity.govt.nzfor more information on the policy and to
download a licence application form.