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.

 

 

Timescales

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
or
Email child.performance@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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.