Hypnotism authorisation

Licence summary

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public, you must have authorisation from the local authority in England and Wales.
You must comply with any conditions attached to an authorisation.

Eligibility Criteria

An application fee is payable.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application Evaluation Process

An application for consent must be in writing (there is no prescribed form) and signed by the applicant or his agent, it must be made not less than 28 days in advance of the performance concerned. 

This period may be reduced in the case of a hypnotist who has performed at the same venue within the last three years without any problems occurring. 

The Council will normally respond within 7 to 14 days, less where the hypnotist has previously performed in the same venue.
The applicant must at the same time forward a copy of the application to the Chief Officer of Police and the Fire Authority.
The application shall contain the following information:

  • The name (both real and stage name, if different) and address of the person who will give the performance along with details of their last three performances (where and when); and
  • A statement as to whether, and if so giving the full details, the hypnotist has previously been refused, or had withdrawn, a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of an offence involving the breach of a condition regulating or prohibiting the giving of a performance of hypnotism on any person at a place licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 or any other place.


No poster, advertisement or programme for performance of hypnotism which is likely to cause public offence shall be displayed, sold or supplied by or on behalf of the licensee either at the premises or elsewhere;
Every poster, advertisement or programme for the performance which is displayed, sold or supplied shall include, clearly and legibly, the following statement:-
'Volunteers, who must be aged 18 or over, can refuse at any point to continue taking part in the performance.'

Approved Conditions

Approved conditions may be attached to any consent given for a performance.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact them.

Apply online

Apply online for a hypnotism permit

Failed Application Redress

Please see "application evaluation process" above.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us, in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice.

From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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