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Topic: Sidewalk Entertainment is allowed in Detroit
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 5, 2008 08:49PM)
In Detroit you will need no permit for "Sidewalk Entertainment." Following is the code:

Sec. 5-1-5. Sidewalk entertainers permitted; conditions.
(a) Except for Residentially Zoned Districts of the City (R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and R6) and Residential Planned Development (PD) Districts, sidewalk entertainers shall be allowed to perform on outdoor public areas or walkways live entertainment which consists of dance, drama, juggling, mime, musical performances, singing, or other such entertainment that is associated with the performing arts.
(b) In accordance with this section, sidewalk entertainers are permitted to perform only upon the following conditions:
(1) Such performance shall not be allowed on city property that is under the jurisdiction of the recreation department, except for recreation department property that is located in the Downtown Business District;
(2) Such performances shall not take place during any carnival, festival, parade, or other event that either is scheduled by any city department or is permitted by the city council;
(3) During such performances, sidewalk entertainers are prohibited from using any device that increases volume including, but not limited to, an amplifier, a horn and a microphone, or from using any passive instrument of entertainment, such as a cassette player, a compact disc player or a radio;
(4) Such performance shall not involve the sale of any goods or services;
(5) During such performances, sidewalk entertainers shall not solicit donations, but may accept unsolicited contributions; and
(6) Such performances shall not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
(c) When in the judgment of the police department such performance is obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or is interfering with crowd control or public safety, and upon the request of the police department, such entertainer shall move his, or her, performance.
(d) Sidewalk entertainers who desire to perform shall do so at their own risk, and the city shall not be responsible for any damage which may be incurred to their personal property during the performance.
(Ord. No. 11-04, 1, 3-24-04)

Sec. 5-1-6. Violations and penalties.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any provision of this article, or to aid and abet another to violate such provisions.
(b) Any person who violates this article may be issued an ordinance violation for each day that the violation continues.
(c) Any person who is found guilty of violating this article shall be convicted of a misdemeanor for each ordinance violation that is issued, and, in the discretion of the court, may be fined up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) and sentenced up to ninety (90) days in jail, or both, for each ordinance violation that is issued.
(Ord. No. 11-04, 1, 3-24-04)
Secs. 5-1-7--5-1-10. Reserved.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Aug 5, 2008 09:33PM)
So that sounds great!
Message: Posted by: Jay Jennings (Aug 6, 2008 02:25PM)
Except for #5:

[quote](5) During such performances, sidewalk entertainers shall not solicit donations, but may accept unsolicited contributions;[/quote]

If you pass a hat you're soliciting donations. If you use a hat line you're soliciting donations. You could get a $500 fine a 90 day in jail for violating that ordinance.

Jay Jennings
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 6, 2008 04:21PM)
Correct. The first thing is to make sure no officers are around me when I am about to close. The second thing is not all officers know of that ordinance. The third thing is it will be safe for me to say "I will only accept unsolicited contributions/donations." The fourth thing is I will have a untouched container sitting on my table reading in bold letters "Unsolicited Donations." The city ordinance will be in fine print underneath. The fifth thing is I can still get my fun and experience from performing on the streets.