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.


We are only able to accept up to 5 individual performance licence applications electronically.

If you are sending more than 5 applications these must be hard copies sent through the post or hand delivered to:

Hertfordshire County Council
Room 134, County Hall
Pegs Lane
Hertford
SG13 8DF

Hertfordshire does not process data on behalf of agencies or applicants.

When we process a child’s personal data we do so as a public task in accordance with Hertfordshire County Council’s official authority as the body responsible for issuing licences and we regard ourselves as the Data Controller for this material where an application for a performance licence, a Body of Persons Approval or exemption is required.

For more information, including how to remove your data, visit our website privacy policy.

 

 

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 meet certain conditions, you can apply for a Body of Persons Approval.

To get a licence 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.


We need to receive your application at least 7 working days before the performance.

Hertfordshire does not process data on behalf of agencies or applicants.

When we process a child’s personal data we do so as a public task in accordance with Hertfordshire County Council’s official authority as the body responsible for issuing licences and we regard ourselves as the Data Controller for this material where an application for a performance licence, a Body of Persons Approval or exemption is required.

For more information, including how to remove your data, visit our website privacy policy.

 

Apply to be a chaperone or matron

All licensed children must be supervised by a registered chaperone or their own parent.


To get a licence, you must:

  • live in Hertfordshire (check your address)
  • have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check costs

Voluntary DBS
Where a chaperone receives no payment other than expenses

£21.60 including VAT

Professional DBS
Where a chaperone receives payment

£61.60 including VAT

This payment is for the DBS check, not the chaperone licence.

Payment is non-refundable if:

  • the process is not completed due to unsatisfactory references/DBS
  • the process is not completed
  • not finalised within 3 months of the date your DBS certificate was issued. You'll need to complete a new application.


Please read our chaperone guide (PDF 280kb) before applying.

Printable chaperone application form (PDF 247KB)Opening in a new window