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.

If you are performing in Scotland, you must have permission, or the premises must hold a premises or other entertainment licence.

Permission in Scotland is obtained from the authority issuing the premises licences.

You must comply with any conditions attached to an authorisation.

Eligibility criteria

Fees maybe payable if you apply to a London Borough Council.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

No provisions in legislation

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. 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


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 us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Apply online

Apply for a hypnotism permit

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority 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, you can find consumer advice on the Gov.uk websiteFrom outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

Eg, about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations  


National Entertainment Agents Council


Last updated on 06 April 2023