Youth Employment

Theatrical Permits

Theatrical Permits PDF 
Description: In Virginia, the management of any theater or other public place where a performance, concert, commercial presentation or entertainment is to take place, must secure a Theatrical Permit from the Department of Labor and Industry allowing minors under the age of 16 to participate.  No Permit is approved until the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry is satisfied that the environment in which the minor is asked to participate is a proper, safe environment for the child. The Department of Labor and Industry must be satisfied that the conditions are “not detrimental to the health or morals of the child and that the child’s education will not be neglected or hampered by his or her participation in such drama, play, performance, concert, or entertainment.” § 40.1-102. No such Permit is required for any nonprofit dance, or music recital or noncommercial television or radio broadcast.  Non-profit schools of performing arts are not required to obtain Theatrical Permits for performances related to classes.

Instructions: Theatrical Permit applications for each minor child involved must be notarized and filed at least five days before the performance date, in accordance with Section 40.1-102. The original Theatrical Permit Application must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, 1570 East Parham Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23228-2360  Attention:  Child Labor Law Division. 

The Child Labor Compliance Officers will review each application and investigate each performance situation in which the minor child will participate.

For further information on Theatrical Permits call (804) 371-3104 Ext 108.