Byelaws already exist which control the use of amplified equipment. Where the council considers that the noise gives reasonable cause for annoyance or nuisance, it may take action against an offender.
In some areas and with certain kinds of entertainment, the highway can become congested. If the police consider that there is an obstruction, they can move people on and/or, in some circumstances, prosecute offenders.
It is illegal to sell items on the main city centre streets without a licence. As these licences are restricted in number, a street entertainer shall not sell any items whether connected with the entertainment or not, without a street trading licence.
There is a difference between street performing and begging. Displaying a rudimentary skill in the playing of a musical instrument or other entertainment may not prevent a person from being regarded as a beggar. It is an offence for any person to beg in a public place. The police can take action under the Vagrancy Act to apprehend or move on anyone who is considered to be begging.