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Brighton & Hove has always been a popular place for busking. There are plenty of pitches and many people are happy to listen to street performers. The council is happy to have buskers because they liven up the streets. However complaints can arise if the volume, duration and frequency of the noise is excessive for residents or local businesses.
Anyone disturbed by loud, continued or repeated singing or playing of musical instruments may ask a busker to stop - refusal to do so is an offence against local byelaws. When you make a complaint to the council, officers will respond as soon as possible in order to assess the level of disturbance within your premises and talk to the buskers on your behalf.
Advice for buskers
Responsible buskers are welcomed by Brighton & Hove City Council.
Local bylaws mean buskers can be asked to stop on request if the council or police receive a complaint. Please note that drumming is not supported by the council.
Anybody may ask a busker to stop if they are disturbed by:
- loud, continued or repeated singing
- playing instruments or amplifiers
Refusal to stop is an offence against the local bylaws. Please see our Busker Advice leaflet [PDF 534kb] for more information.
If you would like advice or information you can telephone us on: 01273 292929
Alternatively, you can call into:
Brighton Town Hall
Street map: Bartholomew Square
Information & Advice Centre
Hove Town Hall
Street map: Hove Town Hall
If you need to contact someone out of office hours, an emergency service is available on (01273) 292229.