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Child performance licence

Applications for a child performance licence should be made through our Child Employment Office.

Children of compulsory school age and children who are pre-school age require a child performance licence if they wish to participate in:

  • a live broadcast or recorded performance - for example, a television or radio programme or film
  • a theatre performance, where audience members are required to pay a charge
  • professional sport or modelling
  • any performance in a licensed premises

To apply for a child performance licence the producer/production company and the child's parent must download and complete the following form:

You can also contact us to get copies of this form.

Return the form to us, with a copy of the child's birth certificate and two passport-size photographs. In some instances a doctor's note stating the child is fit to take part will be required.

For a summary of the basic legislation relating to legal requirements for children taking part in entertainment, please visit the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment website.

Contact us
Child employment
03000 265 902
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ