Street performing (a.k.a. "busking") is legal in Austin and does not require a permit unless you are performing in the City's park system. Please obey the following City Code requirements and best practices during street performances:

  • Acoustic performances only, with sound at 85 decibels or under - NO amplification allowed.
  • Don’t block sidewalks.
  • Noise or music cannot be audible to a nearby business or residence after 10:30 PM CST.
  • Always cooperate with Austin Police requests.
  • Safety first! Make sure you’re performing where people can safely gather without danger of stepping into a roadway.

City of Austin Performing Artists in the Parks Permit: Performing artists are allowed to entertain in the parks provided they are registered with and approved by the Parks and Recreation Department.  The permit fee for performing artists is $10 per day, and permits may be purchased in two-week increments. Visit the program page or call 512-974-6797 for more information.

City of Austin Street Performance Program: Visit the Street Performance Program page.