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Street Performance Guidelines

Sedona welcomes a vibrant street performance culture that enhances the arts experience of residents and visitors while allowing for the rights of individuals to express themselves in a creative manner. The street performance guidelines below clarify expectations for street performance activities in public spaces.

  • Community Plan goal: “Enhance opportunities for artistic display, engagement, and learning.”

Safety

1. Pedestrian Circulation. Performance activities should take place in a manner that does not interfere with the safe and unimpeded flow of pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicular traffic and may not result in the obstruction of sidewalks, bike lanes, or streets.

2. Crowd Control. Artists should be responsible for monitoring and managing crowd size to ensure the safe and unimpeded flow of pedestrian traffic. City officials may also take actions to ensure clear and safe pathways.

3. Access. Artists should maintain a distance of ten (10) feet from any street corner, bus stop sign, crosswalk, curb cut, driveway, handicapped parking space, or entrance to a building.

Sound, Nuisances, and Unacceptable Activities

1. Sound Regulations. It is the policy of the City of Sedona to prevent excessive sound that may jeopardize the health, welfare or safety of the citizens. Performance activities are subject to the City’s Sound Regulations, City Code Chapter 8.25.

2. Nuisances. Performers are subject to the City of Sedona’s Nuisance Regulations, City Code Chapter 8.15.

3. Unacceptable Activities: the sale of goods or services, or the use of hazardous materials such as: knives, swords, daggers, axes, saws, torches, flames, fireworks, firearms, faux-firearms, or animals.

Displays and Equipment

1. Activities, artists, and equipment should not obstruct the sidewalk or interfere with pedestrian traffic flow.

2. Artists may display or store items on a table. Items on display may not be placed on the ground; in the landscaped area adjacent to the site; nor suspended from a tree, shrub, post or other fixture.

3. Gratuity containers are allowable.

4. Signs that are part of the display or performance are allowed up to 8.5” x 11” in size. The sign may state where the artist’s products can be purchased such as on websites or at local businesses.

5. Tents, canopies, stages, or platforms are not allowed.

6. Performance areas must be kept free of litter, refuse, and debris generated as a result of the performance.

7. Artists should stay with their items at all times. If items are left unattended for more than 15 minutes, items may be considered abandoned and subject to removal by a City official.

Damages, Liability, and Governing Laws

  • The artist will be liable for any damages or injury to the public resulting from his/her activities, and will hold the City, its officials and employees, harmless against any and all liability, loss, costs, damages, or expenses which may accrue to the City by reason of negligence, default, or misconduct of any artist.
  • The City of Sedona strongly recommends that artists obtain their own personal accident insurance.
  • Performance activities are subject to all applicable local, state, and federal regulations and violations may result in enforcement actions. Special event activities may be subject to a Temporary Use Permit, (Land Development Code § 8.4.D).