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The opportunity to perform, whether it be on stage or screen, can significantly benefit our children and young people.

There is, however, the potential for children to encounter risks as a result of their involvement in a performance, both in terms of their immediate safety and their longer term wellbeing.  In order to minimise these risks, all local authorities in Scotland operate a licensing system for children below school leaving age who wish to be involved in performances.

New regulations have been introduced for licensing the participation of children and young people in performances and specified sporting and modelling activities.

Further information and guidance on these regulations can be found at Scottish Government: Young performers guidance.

Performance licences and body of persons approvals

Applications for performance licences and Body of Persons Approvals can be submitted and will be considered in accordance with current government advice.

You will be asked to provide additional information about the arrangements that will be in place to ensure a safe environment.

You must apply at least 21 days before the first performance, however we will endeavour to issue the licence as quickly as possible once all the required information has been received.

Apply for a licence

Child performance licence application (PDF 274Kb)

Checklist for applicants

Checklist for individual licence (PDF 242Kb)

The completed application form and associated documents must reach us no less that 21 days before the first performance, or activity for which the licence is requested, or the licence may not be granted.

Completed forms should be returned to the address below or you can also email them.

Contact Information

Economy and Skills (Performance Licence)
Telephone: 01563 555650