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Hypnotism authorisation

You must have authorisation from the council if you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public.

Anyone giving an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism on any person, or in connection with entertainment to which the public are admitted, whether this is by payment or otherwise, is required to obtain authorisation from the council by way of consent.

A separate application must be made by the person who will be carrying out the act of hypnotism in relation to each premises/venue intended to be used.

Permission from the owner of the premises where the activity will take place is not required as part of the application process.

What you need to know before applying

When promoting the hypnotism performance you must:

  • clearly state that no-one under the age of 21 will be hypnotised
  • not advertise and promote the event in such a way that is offensive to members of the public

When conducting the hypnotism performance you must:

  • conduct the event so it is not likely to cause harm to any person attending
  • not use coercion to persuade members of the audience to participate in the performance
  • not cause anyone under the influence of hypnotism to say or do anything offensive to the public
  • not carry out hypnotism involving age regression or hypnotherapy, nor give a hypnotic suggestion that would result in the subject saying or doing something likely to be interpreted as indecent, offensive or harmful
  • erase all hypnotic or post-hypnotic suggestions from the minds of the subjects and audience before they leave the room

You are obliged to make modifications to your show at the request of your local licensing authority.


The fee for an application for consent to conduct an exhibition, demonstration or performance is £21.

If you are uncertain whether you require a licence, please use gov.uk licence finder.

How to apply

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Standard Conditions for Hypnotism Consents [28KB]

What happens next

We will process your application for consent to conduct an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism within 28 days.

If your application is not processed by the local authority within the timescale stated tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period. If we have not contacted you, please get in touch with us. You can do this online if you applied through gov.uk or contact the Regulatory Service.

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, Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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