Somerset County Council

Apply for a child work permit


We only accept online applications, please use the Apply now button below.

Children often want to earn extra money, and many parents want their children to do this to help them become independent and self-disciplined. However, there are some laws to protect children for their welfare.

In Somerset, the Education Welfare Officers are responsible for licensing children in employment.

You can send all your queries about work permits to

Online form for employers - Please only complete the form when the child has had an offer of employment.

Please note In term time or school holidays no child may work before 7am or after 7pm.

An employer is responsible for discussing the application with the child's parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must agree to enable you to complete the application process.

Apply now


Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (please select option 1)
Fax: 01823 321187
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.


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