Apply for a body of persons licence

Apply for a body of persons licence for school age children, what you'll need to apply and what's allowed under a body of persons licence.

A body of persons licence allows children to perform in amateur productions without a child performance licence.

The licence is only issued to a group of responsible adults such as a youth organisation, amateur dramatics club or church.

Children must always be supervised by a licensed chaperone who's allowed to look after a maximum of 12 children.

The licence is only valid for a single production.

You'll need to complete two documents:

Download the application form

Before you apply

You'll need the:

  • venues and dates of performances
  • details of the licensed chaperones at the performance

Further information:

After you apply

You must keep records of each young person who performs for 6 months after the last performance. You should submit these to the Child Employment office.

Under a body of persons licence a child can only perform if they:

  • receive no payment
  • don't take time off from school for a performance
  • perform fewer than six days out of seven, or five days if there is a mix of rehearsals and performances
  • don't take part in a performance that lasts for more than 3 hours and 30 minutes or perform for more than 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • don't take part in more than two performances, or one performance and one rehearsal in a day
  • take a break of 1 hour and 30 minutes between two performances or rehearsals on the same day. This break can be reduced to 45 minutes on two days a week as long as the child is not at the place of performance for more than 6 hours
  • have a break of 14 hours between each day they perform and / or rehearse
  • perform between 10am and 10pm if they are under 13 years old, or between 10am and 10:30pm if they are older than 13

Young people must also be supervised by a licensed chaperone who's allowed to look after a maximum of 12 children.

Contact us

Telephone: Child Employment office on 01473 265195


Child Employment Office
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road