Apply for a child performance licence

By law, all children under the age of 16 must have a licence to:

  • perform on stage
  • perform in a television production, film, commercial or modelling work
  • take part in paid sport

and they:

  • are paid
  • need to be absent from school
  • will perform for more than four days


A child does not require a licence when:

  • performances are put on by a school which provides statutory education
  • they are being filmed for an observational documentary

All children must be accompanied by a parent, carer or someone with a chaperone licence.

Apply for a child performance licence

Even if a child does not need a licence, the organiser of a performance must register all children taking part by completing the Performance Licence Exemption Form.

The licences are free of charge.