Stage hypnotism licence

Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (in England and Wales) and the Hypnotism Act 1952 all performances which involve hypnotism must be licensed.

Also the premises in which the performance is to be held must also be licensed for Regulated Entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003.

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public you must have authorisation from us.

How to apply

Before you start, please refer to the licence conditions (PDF 134Kb). If you comply with these conditions then complete the online application below:

Apply for a stage hypnotism licence

Or you can download and complete the stage hypnotism licence application (PDF 154Kb).

Please return your completed form to:

Licensing Team
Environmental Health & Trading Standards
Fred Perry House
Edward Street

Useful information

Tacit consent does not apply to this application. It's in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, email

Application redress mechanisms

In the first instance email