Performance licence requirements cover all children from birth to the end of compulsory school age.
The production company is responsible for completing and submitting a licence application.
These performances include:
A licence isn't required for children performing in a production produced by a school where they normally attend.
Performance licensing is regulated under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933/63 and the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014.
Children in performances require nominated, duly licensed chaperones before a licence can be granted.
BOPA may be granted to an organisation for the purposes of a performance or performances involving children for which the children may therefore not need to be licensed.
Please check with the child licensing team to see if your organisation or performance qualifies for a BOPA.
All children who require a performance licence must be chaperoned by their parents, legal guardian or an approved adult (chaperone/matron).
Relatives can't chaperone a child unless they hold a chaperone (matron) approval from the council where the adult resides.
We can only consider an approval to be a chaperone if you live in the city of Westminster and are over the age of 18.
To apply for a chaperone approval, download the chaperone application form.
Call the Child Licensing team to arrange an appointment to submit your application, DBS forms and to pay for the DBS check. Please bring along for your DBS verification ID documents (eg birth certificate, passport, utility bills etc). You will also need to bring a passport sized photo.
Chaperone licences are valid for 1 year in the first instance for new approvals. For renewals, approvals are valid for 3 years unless revoked, and should be carried at all times when chaperoning children.
For further information on chaperone duties, please refer to the guidance notes for chaperones.
Complete the chaperone renewal application form.
Children of compulsory school age, working before or after school, at weekends or during school holidays, must have an employment permit issued by the council.
Under the Children and Young Person Act 1933, a child:
For enquiries about child licensing, call 020 7745 6612.