Street performers and musicians are now allowed to operate on certain downtown streets after they have secured a City privilege license. The cost of the license is $10 and it requires a criminal background check.
Submit a Privilege License Application online.
Print a blank Privilege License Application.
Print a blank Background Check Form for street performers.
Pay for Privilege License Application online. - New!
Performers interested in applying for a license must submit a completed Privilege License Application online or in person (see above links) at the City's Collections Division in Room 11, UG level, Melvin Municipal Office Building, 300 W. Washington St.
Watch this video about how to obtain a privilege license.
Personal visits to Collections are are still required to complete paperwork (see above link) authorizing the Greensboro Police Department to conduct the background check, which can take up to two weeks to complete. When approved, performers may either pay the license fee online or go to Collections in person to do so. At that point, the license may be picked up at Collections.
Licensed performers can then perform in groups of as many as five people on parts of Elm, Greene, Davis, Church and Washington streets and Commerce Place from 11 am to 11 pm. Performers must stay away from outdoor dining areas and other street performers. For all rules and regulations, review the City's Code of Ordinances and type "street performers" in the search field.