by Eric Ginsburg

Items from across the Triad and beyond

City drafts busking ordinance

The city of Greensboro has come up with a draft ordinance for buskers to perform on public property. The ordinance lays out guidelines, including a permit and an annual $50 licensing fee, to govern the program, in which the city manager would designate acceptable performance areas and the number of collective performers would be limited to five.

Buskers would be allowed on private property only with written permission, would be limited in what they could sell besides recordings of their work and could not stay in the same location for more than four hours at a time.

The ordinance limits street performers in several other ways as well, keeping them 150 feet apart, limiting performances to between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., and requiring performers to move if “any city official” directs them to do so, but also grants the right to know the name of the complaining party and the nature of the complaint.

It also forbids the use of fire or sharp objects and banning language or gestures that are “obscene,” “profane or indecent,” incites or urges riot” or “which tends to inflict injury or incite an immediate breach of the peace.”