How to busk in Brighton & Hove

Everyone is welcome to busk on public land in Brighton & Hove. You don't have to apply for a licence to busk.

Your performance should be considerate of those around you. To avoid disturbing local residents and businesses, please:

  • play at reasonable volume - only the nearby audience should be able to hear you
  • avoid using amplifiers
  • stop performing when asked by local residents or businesses
  • avoid overstaying your welcome by moving to a different place, at least 50 metres away, every hour
  • only perform between the hours of 10am and 10pm
  • do not use drums when performing - they create lots of noise and complaints

What to do if you’re being disturbed by a busker

Approach the busker and ask that they either reduce the noise or move on.

If they don't reduce the noise and they stay longer than an hour, or if they regularly cause problems, please contact our team so we can investigate.

To report a noise complaint or for advice, contact the Environmental Protection team. 

You can do this through our online Environmental Health report form. Or you can phone 01273 294 266 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Report a noise complaint at the weekend

If you report a noise complaint during the weekend, we’ll get back to you the following morning.

You can phone 01273 293 541 or send an email to outofhoursnoise@brighton-hove.gov.uk from 5pm on Fridays to 9am on Mondays. If you want a response the next day please include an email address when you leave an answerphone message.

The weekend noise nuisance service is delivered by our Field Officer team.

In an emergency, please phone Sussex Police on 999.

What we can do about buskers that cause problems

Problems with a specific busker

If a busker is causing regular problems in the city, we may investigate them for causing a 'statutory nuisance'. 

Find out what counts as a statutory nuisance from GOV.UK.

We’ll try to gather evidence about the problem. With the help of the police, the busker causing the problems could be given a noise abatement notice. 

This would stop them from busking in parts of the city, or the whole of Brighton & Hove.

If they break a noise abatement notice, we could take their equipment with the help of the police. If the person is prosecuted, there is no limit to the fines the court could give.

Problems with multiple buskers in the same location

We have no power to deal with busking problems where disturbance comes from the overall impact of different buskers playing in the same location.