North East Lincolnshire Council

Busking licence

In most circumstances, busking in the streets or open spaces of North East Lincolnshire will not require the issue of a permit or licence from the licensing team


Busking is usually incidental to other activities (such as shopping when in the town centre) and so can be classed as background music rather than regulated entertainment.

However, a licence would be needed if the entertainment provided was what could be classed as a concert or performance. If the busking has been advertised or there is a specific invitation for people to gather in one place and watch, it is likely that a premises licence or temporary event notice will be needed.

If you’re planning anything similar to the activities mentioned above and would like further information, please contact the licensing team.


There is currently no application fee for this licence.

Eligibility criteria

Not applicable.

Regulation summary

Not applicable.

Evaluation process

Not applicable.

Tacit consent

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Failed application

Not applicable.

Licence holder redress

Not applicable.

Consumer complaint

Not applicable.

Other redress

Not applicable.

Public registers or databases

Not applicable.

Trade associations


Licensing Team, Doughty Road Depot, Doughty Road, Grimsby, DN32 0LL


Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm except bank holidays