Hypnotism permit

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public, you must have authorisation from the council issued under the provisions of the Hypnotism Act 1952.

You must comply with any conditions attached to any authorisation.

1. How to apply

Apply online

Applications must give the council the maximum possible notice for application to be properly considered. This is especially important where the hypnotist has not previously performed in the council's area.

Along with applications, applicants need:

  • to provide references from local authorities where performances of hypnotism have been performed
  • to provide the location of performances and a detailed description of how they will ensure public safety if the proposed performance is in a public space, like a street, park, etc, and risk assessments may be required depending on the performance
  • third party cover with a maximum liability of at least £2,000,000 and a copy of the certificate must accompany the application
  • to pay the correct fee (PDF, 503KB)

Regulation summary

View a summary of the regulation relating to this permit

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be aged 18 years or older.

Applications can be made for hypnotism consent for any place and applications will be accepted for performances in buildings or on the street. 

2. What happens next

When we receive your application:

  • we will contact the Federation of Ethical Stage Hypnotists and, if the hypnotist belongs to a different professional body, that body
  • we will require the hypnotist to conduct a live performance to officers or members of the council who will determine the application
  • the hypnotist and their representative shall appear before the council's licensing sub-committee to give evidence in support of the application
The council can waive the requirement to provide references, demonstrate performances or appear at a hearing if the hypnotist has recently performed in the borough under the terms of consent from the council. 

Tacit consent

Tacit consent will apply if an application is unopposed which means you can act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the licensing authority by the end of the target completion period (40 calendar days).

3. Further information

Trade associations

View the public register

View the public register online

You can also view a copy of the register at the council's offices during normal office hours. Please contact the Licensing Team to make an appointment.

Making an appeal

View information on appeals and complaints


Last updated: 18 May 2017
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