Child performance licence

Any child under compulsory school leaving age, wishing to take part in any public performances, will only be able to do so under authority of licence granted by the local authority for the area where the child lives.

A licence is necessary for:

  • a performance in connection with a charge (such as an admission fee or wage)
  • any performance in licensed premises (pubs, clubs or any establishment where alcohol is sold
  • any broadcasting performance
  • television performance

All applications for a licence must be made at least 21 days before the performance.

Further information and advice on the regulations can be obtained from your local Education and Children's Service office.

How to apply

To apply for child performance licence print and fill in the application form and checklist:

Completed forms should be returned to your local Education and Children's Service office.

Application forms are for children attending an Aberdeenshire Council school only.

Children attending a school of another local authority should contact the relevant council for guidance. For children attending a private school, applications should be obtained from that school.


For Banff, Fraserburgh, Mintlaw and Peterhead areas please contact:

Banff and Buchan Education and Children's Service office
St Leonards
Sandyhill Road
AB45 1TA

Telephone: 01261 813340
Fax: 01261 813396

For Ellon, Inverurie, Kemnay, Meldrum, Turriff and Westhill areas please contact:

Garioch Education and Children's Service office
Gordon House
Blackhall Road
AB51 3WA

Telephone: 01467 538425
Fax: 01467 622254

For Alford, Aboyne, Banchory, Huntly, Laurencekirk, Portlethen, Stonehaven areas please contact:

Stonehaven Education and Children's Service office
Queens Road
AB39 2QQ

Telephone: 01569 766960
Fax: 01569 768489