You may need to apply for a child performance licence, if you have children under school leaving age involved in a production such as a:
- film, play, concert or other public performance that an audience pays to see
- film, play, concert or other public performance which will take place on a licensed premise
- sporting event or modelling assignment where the child is paid
The person responsible for the production will need to apply for the licence.
Children performing abroad and children performing in the UK from abroad
Children from the UK who are performing abroad need to obtain a licence from their local Magistrates Court or City of Westminster Magistrates Court.
All children must be supervised when performing. This can be undertaken by their own parent(s), or alternatively the production company must provide a registered chaperone.
Please refer to updated Government guidelines on COVID-19 before proceeding with any child performance, activity or employment. Safety of the children and prevention of the spread of the virus is paramount.
If you feel a production or employer is not adhering to their risk assessment or you have any concerns and you are unable to resolve them, please contact us.
Harrow Council’s Child Licensing Team advises that applicants are working in line with guidance produced by the British Film Commission, with input from relevant organisations, including the DCMS, Public Health England and the HSE – “Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production”.
Apply for a licence
The application form should be completed by the person responsible for producing the performance. The person who signs the licence application will be deemed to be the licence holder. The licence holder is responsible for observing the conditions of the licence.
You must complete your application so that it reaches us no less than 21 days before the first performance or activity for which the licence is requested.
In exceptional circumstances, we may agree to process the application, providing all relevant documents are correctly completed, legible and received by us at least 10 days prior to the performance date.
You will need to provide the following items with the form:
- Proof of date of birth (copy of birth certificate).
- 1 passport sized photograph.
- Letter from child’s school for permission to be absent (if during school time).
- Details of chaperone.
- Details of performance location, dates and times.
- A declaration of the nature of the performance if the child is under 14 years of age.
You can return the application by email or post.
Guidance on child performers
For further guidance on child performers see the:
- Child performance and activities licensing legislation in England
- Children in entertainment restrictions
Body of Person's Approval (BOPA)
For information and advice on Body of Persons Approval and to make an application, see the documents below:
Exemption from licensing procedures
To apply for an exemption from the licensing procedures, download and complete the licensing procedures exemption application form.