Busking in the city centre
Hitting the Right Note - a guide for buskers in the city centre
As a result of requests from local people, we have worked with Police Scotland through the City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership Safe and Healthy Group to produce a set of good practice guidelines for buskers in the city centre area. The guidelines, launched on Monday 27th June 2011, will be distributed to performers in the area by City centre police officers, Council environmental wardens and community safety team officers. Where buskers fail to comply with the new guidelines, Section 54 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 will be used.
Under section 54 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, Police Scotland can ask buskers to stop performing where their performance is disturbing others. If you do not comply, the matter may be referred to the Procurator Fiscal and your equipment seized.
- Busking is not permitted after 9pm
- Play at a considerate volume so passers-by can hear you but nearby businesses and residents are not disturbed
- Move onto another pitch at least 50 metres away after one hour
- Stop busking if anyone complains about what you are doing, or if asked by a police or council officer
- Set up your pitch within 50 metres of another busker
- Spread out equipment or other items that could get in pedestrians way
- Busk near doorways or cashpoints
- Act or speak aggressively to people asking you to stop
If you require any further information or advice please contact Susan Cunningham at the City Centre Community Safety Team on 0131 529 7470