Child entertainment licences

Any child working in entertainment must have a licence issued by the local council where they live. This includes children who perform on stage or in television, films, commercials, photography or modelling.

Download the application for a licence

All sections on Part 1 and 2 of the licence application form must be fully completed at the time of request, and signed by both the applicant and parent. The application form must be sent with the following documents:

  • one passport sized photograph
  • a copy of the birth certificate
  • a release letter from the child's school if the performance means the child would be absent from school
  • a copy of the applicant's child protection policy
  • a copy of the risk assessment

A child must be chaperoned at all times - this may be either the parent / legal guardian or a registered chaperone.

Permitted performance times.

A child does not require an entertainment licence if they have performed for less than four days in six months, no absence from school is required for the performance and they will not receive payment for the performance. If you do require an exemption, please complete and return this exemption application form.

We require a minimum of 10 full working days before the first date of the performance to process a Child Performance Licence application (excluding weekends and bank holidays). Applications received after 6pm will be counted as being received on the next working day. 
Child Performance / Chaperone and Child Employment applications MUST be emailed to to be processed.

Please note: all emails will receive an acknowledgement email, if you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact us on the number below.

Contact us

Telephone: 020 8583 2753
Child Entertainment and Employment
Hounslow House
7 Bath Road
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