Busking Program

Bring music, magic, dancing, and fun to the streets of Decatur! Decatur’s busking program encourages street performers and emerging artists to showcase their talents and contribute to a lively street culture in our community.


Busking is the activity of publicly performing for voluntary donations. Busking is a performative act, distinct from the sale of goods or services. In the City of Decatur, acceptable entertainment includes, but is not limited to:


• Live singing or instrument playing

• Dance or movement

• Spoken word or comedy

• Street magic

• Portrait sketching

Which acts are not permitted?

The following performance types are not permitted in the Decatur Busking Program:


• Fortune-telling, including tarot and palm reading

• Disc jockeying or any non-live musical performance

• Tattooing or body-piercing services

• Acts that include weapons or fire

• Any material that is lewd or offensive in nature

Program Requirements and limitations

Busking is permitted 10 am-10 pm in the approved zones, specified on the adjacent map. Once your busking application is approved, the provided ID badge functions as your busking permit. The badge’s public display is required during performances.


Performers may collect tips, but cannot directly solicit for tips. Put out a jar or open your case and add a small sign if you like, but don’t ask people for payment. Buskers may set up one sign, up to 10” x 14”, to identify themselves while performing.


If there’s another performer nearby, make your separation at least 20 feet.


Be a good neighbor! Performers must not obstruct pedestrian traffic and set up at least 10 feet away from building entrances/exits, crosswalks, trash receptacles, and bike racks.


Additionally, amplified sound is not encouraged but it’s recognized as necessary for some performers. It is the duty of the busker to maintain the minimum performance volume necessary, so as to not disturb local businesses, pedestrians, or residences.  Only small speakers with minimal output are appropriate for Decatur busking performances.

Important to note

Buskers are required to receive a renewal sticker for their badge each month.  You may stop by the Decatur Arts Alliance 7 days a week between 10am-4pm to pick up the sticker.

Performers must comply with requests of any retail or restaurant owner/manager, police officer, City of Decatur personnel, or Decatur Arts Alliance representative regarding performance volume, location, or material.

The Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur reserve the right to revoke a busking permit for any reason, including but not limited to instances of public disruption, noise violation, inappropriate material, or poor conduct.

Busking is never permitted at private, ticketed, or fenced events (even if you’ve purchased a ticket).

Apply online

A permit is required to participate in the Decatur Busking Program.

Good news: it’s free!


Fill out the online application here. If you have difficulties using the online form or questions about the program, please email busking@decaturartsalliance.org

Once you’ve submitted your application, a team member will respond within a week with further information about retrieving your badge, if your act is approved.  Badges will be available for pick-up 7 days a week between 10am-4pm from the Decatur Arts Alliance at 113 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur GA, 30030.

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Description of Performance
(Check all that apply)
Please provide an brief overview of the style of music, dance, etc. More specific information allows us to better connect artists with performance opportunities.
(if applicable)
Will you use amplified sound?
Have you previously held a busking permit for City of Decatur
If yes, has your act changed substantially since then?
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Photo must be a clear image of your face for identification purposes.
Parental Consent Confirmation: I, the undersigned applicant, confirm that I am at least 18 years of age OR that I have the express consent of a parent or guardian to participate in the Decatur Busking Program.
Hold Harmless Agreement: I, the undersigned applicant, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Decatur, GA, its officers, employees, elected officials, and agents, from and against any and all damages, claims, causes of action, suits, demands, losses, liabilities, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees and disbursements) caused by, in connection with, arising out of, or resulting from the use of the permitted location, or any and all of acts of the applicant, his or her partners, employees, officers, and/or agents, done in connection with or in furtherance of this application and/or permit.
Program Terms and Restrictions: I, the undersigned applicant, have read and agree to abide by the specific terms and restrictions of this program. I recognize and accept the right of the Decatur Arts Alliance and/or the City of Decatur, GA to revoke this permit at any time for any reason.
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