Youth Employment laws protect minors from working in unsafe or unhealthy conditions. They also ensure that work does not compromise the education of minors. These laws include:

  • minimum ages for employment

  • work permits

  • hours of work

  • prohibited occupations

Employers who employ minors (youths under 18 years old) must ensure that working conditions meet the requirements of all four areas.  

Workers Permits in Sanford are processed in the Superintendent's Office located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall Annex, 917 Main Street, Suite 200, Sanford, Maine.  Click here for an application form or here for a helpful brochure.  For more information, call the Superintendent's Office at (207) 324 2810.

For more detailed information regarding State and Federal child labor laws, please contact the agencies listed below:

Maine Department of Labor

(enforces Maine child labor laws)
Bureau of Labor Standards
Wage and Hour Division
(TTY: Maine relay 711)
web site:

U.S. Department of Labor
(enforces Federal child labor laws)
Wage and Hour Division
780-3344 (Portland) or 945-0330 (Bangor)
web site: