A busker or sidewalk performer requires a permit to play music or perform for voluntary donations in the street. Examples of buskers include musicians, singers, jugglers and mimes. Amplified sound is not permitted.


Minimum Age

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old to obtain a licence
  • Individuals age 16 and 17 can apply but parental/caregiver consent is required

Identification Requirements

One piece of government-issued identification including:

  • Canadian Passport
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • SIN Card (Social Insurance Number)
  • Valid Work Permit

Note: We do not accept Health Cards

You can apply for new permits online.

Apply online

Save yourself time and apply online. Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the application, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to submit a new application. Licence application fees can be paid online or by sending a cheque.

Submit Application

If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.

Upload Documents for Existing Request

Apply in-person

In-person services are available at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor.
You must bring hard copies of all application requirements. Applications will not be started unless all requirements are provided. Digital copies of documents will not be accepted.

Payment can only be made by debit, credit or cheque. Cash will not be accepted.

Walk-in Services

Walk-in services are available.
Please contact MLSroadallowance@toronto.ca for the next weekday availability.

Please note office hours:
Monday – Friday 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:00pm.
The office is closed from 12:30–1:30pm daily.


Appointment services are available. Please contact MLSroadallowance@toronto.ca.
Please arrive 10-15 mins early to check in and be on time for your appointment or you may be turned away and asked to re-book for another day and time, subject to availability.


Permit expiry:

  • March 31st every calendar year
  • February 1st grace period for current year

A photo of the applicant must be submitted with all other required application documents. It is essential that the photo provided complies with the Licence Application Photo Requirements.

Failure to do so may result in delayed or rejected applications.

A busker or street performer licence will expire annually on March 30.

A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the permit, will be mailed to the address on file.

The renewal fee is $45.75

Renew Licence

Find your outstanding business licence or permit renewal invoice.

If you fail to renew your licence according to the bylaw, your licence will be cancelled, and you will have to reapply.

Renewal Forms