Busking in the Mall


Anyone can busk in Rundle Mall, you just need to apply for a free permit first. You can apply online, or in person at the City of Adelaide Customer Centre during business hours.

For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, the following criteria apply:

  • Groups are limited to a maximum of six people.
  • Performers under 16 will only be permitted to busk outside school hours and during daylight hours and must have written permission from a parent or guardian.
  • The busking permit is valid for one month, and can easily be renewed online.
  • If under 12 years of age, the performer must be constantly supervised by a parent/guardian and only perform during daylight hours.

From Monday 3 August 2020, busking returned to Rundle Mall with additional specific conditions:

  • Performances must be within designated areas highlighted in the Rundle Mall Busking Zone map.
  • A maximum performance area size of 4 metres squared.
  • All buskers require a COVID-Safe plan as per SA Health guidelines.
  • Maintaining pedestrian flow and access in Rundle Mall during a performance, therefore buskers must perform within 2 metres of the centre of the Mall.

From Monday 19 October 2020, amplified busking has returned to the Mall in two designated zones, located at James Place and Rundle Place. Please see the Rundle Mall Busking Zone map.

The City of Adelaide and Rundle Mall are continuing to work together and review busking conditions as COVID-19 restrictions lift further, with the goal of balancing the needs of our busking community, retailers, businesses, and the broader community.

During this transition time it’s important that our busking guidelines are adhered to, with particular attention given to moderating volume and encouraging of social distancing of any audiences. To assist with this transition, we have a permanent Authorised Officer situated in the Rundle Mall Precinct.

You can read the full street permit policy guidelines and should understand them before you apply:

Applying for a busking permit

Applying for a busking permit is quick, easy and free. You can apply online or in person at the City of Adelaide Customer Centre.

Before you apply, you’ll need to have the following handy:

  • personal details such as name, address, phone and/or email
  • 1 x photo identification (eg. drivers’ licence, passport, student ID card), or
  • 2 x non-photo identification (eg. Health Care Card or phone/utility bill).

If the performer is under 12, parents will need to apply with the permit issued in the parents' name, so please provide your own ID.

Where can I busk?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, busking must only take place in specific zones along Rundle Mall, as shown in the Rundle Mall Busking Zone map.

Please remember:

  • Busking must not impede pedestrian access.
  • Buskers must maintain a minimum distance of 50 metres from any other busker, preacher, event or promotion.
  • You must keep your busking permit on you at all times so you're ready to show it to an Authorised Council Officer or Police Officer.


The City of Adelaide and the Rundle Mall team are excited to announce the return of busking to Rundle Mall and the adjacent laneways. During the phases of restrictions, we have been working with SA Police and SA Health to ensure busking is brought back in a safe way for buskers, pedestrians and retailers in the Rundle Mall Precinct.

Please find a list of FAQ below:

What are the rules regarding amplified busking zones?

As COVID-19 restrictions lift further and things resume to their new normal, we have reintroduced amplified busking zones to help manage the return of amplified busking in a productive and safe way to Rundle Mall. The amplified busking zones are in James Place and Rundle Place – see the Rundle Mall Busking Zone map.

The reinstatement of amplification relies on buskers displaying compliance with amplification and noise levels, being considerate of retailers and activations and taking direction from authorised persons as required.

There is now a permanent Authorised Council Officer situated in the Rundle Mall Precinct to ensure a smooth transition back to amplified busking.

Are circle acts allowed or when will they be back?

Circle acts continue to be deemed as unsuitable in Rundle Mall and adjacent laneways due to the large area they require and the crowds they tend to draw, which create bottle necks for pedestrian movement. This will be re-assessed regularly.

Can I busk on Black Friday/or other peak trading days in Rundle Mall?

To help ensure public safety and that egress is maintained along the length of Rundle Mall, busking will not be permitted in Rundle Mall on Black Friday, which is typically in November. This decision has been made to help support a safe shopping environment and follows advice received from SA Health and SA Police COVID-19 Compliance team

The Rundle Mall team is working closely with SA Health and SA Police COVID-19 Compliance team around the planning and safety for our busiest trading days in Rundle Mall. An assessment will be undertaken in the lead up to each of the peak trading days and buskers will be informed either when applying for the busking permit or through a direct email communication if any changes to permit conditions are deemed necessary.

What about busking in Rundle Mall during Festival Time?

The Festival period is a vibrant and exciting time in Adelaide where we see a larger array of performances and more exciting national and international acts. We are currently working on what Festival time will look like factoring in any possible impacts COVID-19 may or may not have.