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Are you a street performer? Do you, for example, want to play music, perform magic or draw portraits in the streets? You usually need a permit or exemption as a street performer, street photographer, pavement artist, film operator or guide from the municipality you want to perform in. To perform in some municipalities a notification will suffice. Consult the municipal authority (in Dutch) of the municipality you want to perform in for more information.

Whether you need a permit often depends on:

  • the location you want to perform
  • with how many people you intend to perform
  • the time and duration of the performance
  • the amount of noise you will produce

Municipalities may designate areas where you are not allowed to perform at all.

Corona: additional conditions

Some municipalities have set additional conditions for a permit or exemption due to corona, to avoid large gatherings of people. Consult the municipal authority (in Dutch) of the municipality you want to perform in about any possible additional conditions.

Costs for a permit or exemption

When you apply for a permit or exemption you may have to pay municipal administrative charges (leges). This depends on the municipality. Consult the municipal authority for the costs to obtain a street performers permit or exemption.

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply for a dispensation for street performers also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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