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Every street artist has to obtain an authorization before starting his activities on the territory of the City of Brussels.
Who is 'a street artist'?
Every person who practises a public artistic activity in music, performing arts, plastic arts or circus. To exercise this activity on the public place, strict rules are to be respected.
The street artist, before starting his activities, has to introduce a demand of authorization by means of a form delivered by the Culture Service. To receive its authorization, the applicant will have to answer one of the following conditions:
- Be the owner of an artistic diploma
- Have received a positive report of an artistic jury, which meets at least twice a year
Conditions of exercise
The authorization is free of charge. It is valid for a duration of one month and is renewable only 3 times a year. The artistic performances can only take place on the places defined by the College of Mayor and Aldermen (PDF, 0,01MB) and cannot take longer than 1 hour. The street artist cannot settle down near another artist.
The artistic performances cannot disturb the public tranquillity before 9 am in the morning, neither beyond 10 pm.
The street artist will take the necessary measures to keep his place clean and he will not disturb the law and order.
Attention: authorizations for activities with sound are only valid during the even hours: from 10 am to 11 am, from noon to 1 am, from 2 pm to 3 pm, from 4 pm to 5 pm, from 6 pm to 7 pm, from 8 pm to 9 pm.
- Regulation for street artists (PDF, 0,06MB) (in French)
- List of public places for street artists (PDF, 0,01MB) (in French)
- Request form (PDF, 0,03MB) (in French)
- Request form - renewal (PDF, 0,03MB) (in French)
The request form for street artists is also available on simple demand at:
- Culture service of the City of Brussels
Rue Sainte-Catherine 11
Phone: 02 279 64 20
Fax: 02 279 64 29
On the agenda
Department of Culture
Service of Culture
Rue Sainte-Catherine 11
Opening hours : Only on request (02 279 64 14), except for the issue of authorizations for street artists: on Mondays from 2 pm to 4 pm or by appointment (02 279 64 14)
Closing period : Saturday, Sunday and holidays
Disrupted access to the Administrative Centre
On 29 and 30 September and 1 October 2014, the Population and Identity Cards services (2nd floor of the Administrative Centre) will be exceptionally closed due to works.