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Licence Directory - Children's Work Permits

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Children's Work Permits

If a young person is:

  • aged 13 or over
  • of compulsory school age
  • and in employment (paid or unpaid), they must have a work permit (even if they are working for their parents)

Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to work. Important things to remember:

  • Your child's employer is responsible for his/her health, safety and welfare when he/she is at work and must offer protective clothing where needed
  • The employer must also look at any risks which may affect your child in their job. Permitted hours of work
  • Your child must not work before 7am or after 7pm
  • Your child can only work out of school hours which may include 1 hour before school
  • Your child is not allowed to work more than 12 hours a week during term time

13 to 14 years

  • On school days they can work for up to 2 hours
  • On Saturdays they can work for up to 5 hours
  • On Sundays they can work up to 2 hours
  • During School holidays they can work up to 5 hours a day
  • The maximum hours they can work in any week is 25 hours

15 to 16 years

  • On school days they can work for up to 2 hours
  • On Saturdays they can work for up to 8 hours
  • On Sundays they can work up to 2 hours
  • During School holidays they can work up to 8 hours a day
  • The maximum hours they can work in any week is 35 hours

More Information

Child Employment Guide

Application Form

Children's Work Permit Application Form and Guidance Notes

Price Guide

Licensing Fees and Charges