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.

 

Individual performance licence

A performance licence is issued to the person responsible for the production that the child is participating in.

We need this form at least 21 days before the first performance or activity for which the licence is requested. Otherwise, we may refuse to grant the licence.


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 10 working days before the performance takes place. For Large scale productions eg. pantomimes, 21 days are required. 

We send licences by secure email to the applicant, parents and authorities.

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
  • follow the performance hours restrictions (PDF 29kb)
  • only perform in Hertfordshire
  • agree to our terms and conditions for body of person's approval.


We need to receive your application at least 10 working days before the performance.

How to apply, please send us:

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.

 

Other records to keep

In the event of an inspection, you must provide:

 


Apply to be a chaperone or matron

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


Due to unprecedented demand for chaperone licences, this process currently taking up to 12 weeks from your first appointment.

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

£22.80 including VAT

Professional DBS
Where a chaperone receives payment

£62.80 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.

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