We consulted on our updated busking and street entertainment proposals between 24 September and 1 November 2020. We received over 900 responses and made some changes to our proposals as a result. In doing so, we have tried to balance the feedback and concerns of those who live, work and perform in Westminster.
Key changes include an additional pitch in Covent Garden and amplification in James Street, a reduced licence fee, and the removal of some requirements from the licensing conditions.
The council approved the new policy on 9 December. To bring the policy into effect, the council will publish a formal decision to license our streets. If you feel there would be any problems or issues caused by specific streets included in the policy, you can let us know by 31 January 2021 by filling out this short online form.
Westminster’s new street entertainment policy will come into effect in Spring 2021.