guitar player and banjo player performing in a plaza in downtown raleigh

Street Performers

Street performers are defined as any person or group of persons who conduct a performance, including by not limited to musicians and buskers, for entertainment purposes or voluntary donations on public right-of ways.  Street performers add vibrancy to public spaces and are encouraged to perform where pedestrian traffic is high and space is available for public access and observation.  Use of such public rights-of-way for street performances requires a Private Use of Public Spaces permit.

How to Apply

What are the next steps? The City will review submission, reach out with any comments or feedback, and charge the permit fee.  After completion, the City will issue your permit.

Hours of Performance:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm
  • Friday/Saturday 8am-Midnight
  • Sunday 12 Noon-10pm

Special Provisions:

  • Special Event Permits supersede annual Street Performer Permits. If an approved special event is taking place, a street performance may not occur within 400 feet of the event footprint unless given permission by the event organizer.  Scheduled special events are posted on the Special Events Calendar.
  • Amplification must be through a battery-powered amplifier. No electrical cords of any kind are allowed.



Lead Department:
Emergency Management and Special Events
Service Categories:
Hospitality Permits