If you wish to give an exhibition, a demonstration or a performance of hypnotism for entertainment purposes, in order to comply with the Hypnotism Act 1952 you must obtain permission from us and follow any applicable conditions we impose.

Application procedure

Applications for consent can be made either by the hypnotist, or by the venue at which they will be performing (or agents for either of these). A link to apply online can be found below.

We will ask for details of the venue and proposed show, so that we can ensure that these are suitable and safe, as well as details of the hypnotist, including recent performances, experience and membership of professional bodies. We may contact venues and local councils where the hypnotist has previously appeared to confirm the details given.

If we are satisfied that the proposed hypnosis will be conducted safely, a consent will be issued. 

Apply online

Apply online for consent to hold a hypnotism performance

The fee for this consent is £50 for any venue that does not have the benefit of a premises licence or club premises certificate in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003. There is no fee if the venue already holds a premises licence or club premises certificate. 

Applications must be made not less than 28 days in advance of the performance concerned.

Can I start performing before my application is determined?

The authority will normally respond within 7-14 days; less where the hypnotist has previously performed at the same venue.

If acknowledgement of receipt of your application has not been received within this time, please contact us. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us after the 14 day period you cannot assume your application has been successful. In this case you should contact us.