In most cases children who perform on stage or in the media such as TV, film, radio or work in paid or professional sport or modelling must have a licence.

A performance licence is issued to the Applicant. The Applicant is the person responsible for the production of the performance in which the child is to take part. 

A complete application must include:

  • part 1
  • part 2
  • chaperone information
  • birth certificate
  • parental Health Declaration
  • school letter of agreement to the application
  • photo.




Fully completed application form(s) and all relevant documentation attached must arrive at our offices no later than 7 working days before the performance takes place. For Large scale productions eg. pantomimes, 21 days are required. 

For the full child performance regulations please read the 'Children (Performances and Activities) ' regulations document.

Download our permitted hours document to see what hours children are allowed to work.

You can contact us by

Phone 01992 588605

Body of persons approval form

If you're applying for a licence for more than 1 child and certain conditions are met you can apply for a Body of Persons Approval.

To get one of these licences you must: 

  • Not pay the child performers
  • make sure the children don't miss school for rehearsals or performances
  • only perform in Hertfordshire
  • provide a copy of your child protection policy
  • agree to our terms and conditions for body of person's approval.

Your application needs to be received at least 7 working days before the performance is due to take place.


How to be a chaperone/matron

All children that are licenced must be supervised by a registered chaperone or their own parent. Licences to become a chaperone/matron are subject to a criminal background check and you must be a Hertfordshire resident. Please read our chaperone guide.

Email us to get an application pack.