Busking Licenses

How to Apply (New Buskers)

  1. Send an email to Recreation with the subject line: Busking Auditions. Please include the following information:
    • Description of performance (including instruments and/or props, style of music, etc)
    • Mailing Address
    • Name
    • Phone Number
    • Website (if applicable)
    • In the email, either request a live audition appointment, or provide a link to a video application. Please note: live auditions are only scheduled for April and May. At other times of the year, permits are only approved via a video application.
  2. Applicants will be notified via email or phone once the application has been reviewed.
  3. Successful applicants will need to fill out a buskers contract and submit it along with payment to the White Rock Community Centre. View the Buskers' Guidelines and Contract (PDF).

How to Apply (Previously Approved Buskers)

  1. Read and sign the 2018/19 Buskers' Guidelines and Contract (PDF)
  2. Come to the White Rock Community Centre during business hours to pay the $25 fee and receive the 2018 to 2019 ID Badge.

Permit Fees

  • The Busking Annual License is valid May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
  • The license fee for May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019 is $25.


  1. Selected Performance Artists will be required to obtain a permit prior to commencing work.
  2. Permit restrictions and program guidelines will be given at the time the license is issued.

Scheduling & Locations 

  1. Nine areas are designated for busking in the license. The locations are:
    • 5 Corners, Johnston Road and Pacific Avenue
    • The ATM on Marine Drive at the foot of Martin Street
    • East Beach, Marine Drive and Ash Street
    • East Beach, Marine Drive at Finlay Street
    • The green park space next to the white rock on the beach, east of the pier
    • Oxford Comfort Station, White Rock Promenade and Oxford Street
    • South End of the White Rock Pier
    • Whale Wall, corner of Russell Avenue and Johnston Road
    • White Rock Museum and Archives, West Plaza
  2. The performing artist will be able to book a specific location and time. Bookings will be accepted one week in advance. The reservation will be processed through the Recreation and Culture Department 604-541-2199, ext. 3.

More Information

Still have questions? View our Buskers Information Handout (PDF).