If you would like to work and you are not yet 18 years of age, you will need a work permit. 

Before you begin the application process, please note the following:

  • Students must have an offer of a paid job
  • We do not issue blank work permits
  • Students may not work private residences (except students who work for their own parents in their own home)
  • We do not issue blanket work permits
  • Students working for a third party (employment agency) must have the end site, where they are physically working, listed as the employer with that business' address and signature on the work permit application. We do not issue work permits to employment agencies
  • A work permit is needed for each and every job that a student holds
  • Work permits expire five days into the new school year and must be renewed as needed
  • All minors need a work permit to legally work in California
  • Work permits are only issued by the school district to students who attend a Palo Alto Unified School.  If you attend a private school, charter school or are homeschooled, you must seek a permit from your school site administrator
  • See the district calendar for details on holidays and the availability of staff. 

Please follow the steps listed below to apply for a work permit: 

  1. Complete Work Permit Application Form (CDE Form B1-1). Make sure that you complete all 4 sections of the permit for prompt processing. If sections are left blank or incomplete, we will not be able to process your application. 
  2. To process your application, please contact:
  3.  Office hours are as follows:
    • High Schools:
      • By appointments or
        • Gunn: Wednesday & Friday during Lunch in the main office except for the week of 3/30-4/3. That week, work permits will be available by appointment only due to special testing schedule.
        • Paly: every brunch in office 711 (inside 700 building double doors)
    • Middle Schools:
      • By appointment only and will take place at the Greendell site, Secondary Options portable:
        Curriculum and Career Education Office
        Secondary options
        Portable 11
        4120 Middlefield Road
        Palo Alto, CA 94303
    • Please note that students can drop off their permits at any time and can expect to have them processed within one week.
  4. Once the permit has been processed and signed, students will be given the permit to deliver to their employer.
  5. A copy of the permit will be mailed to the student’s parent/guardian 

If you have questions please email Jessica Tabron, at jtabron@pausd.org or you can visit the Curriculum and Career Education office at the above address.

phone: (650) 833-4231

Processed at either at Greendell, Paly, or Gunn sites, please do not take the work permit application to the District Office