Apply for a hypnotism licence.

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public, you must have authorisation from a local authority in England and Wales.

You must comply with any conditions attached to an authorisation.

Regulation summary

Hypnotism licences are issued under the Hypnotism Act 1952 (Government website).

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that if you have not heard from the council within the target completion period of 45 days you will be able to act as though your application is granted. Please note this period will not start until a complete application has been submitted.

How do I apply?

Your application must be submitted with a valid public liability insurance certificate.

Apply online

Apply for a hypnotism licence ( website)

By post

pdf Hypnotism licence application form (44 KB)

Post the completed application form to:

Licensing Team (Temple Street), Bristol City Council, PO Box 3399, Bristol BS1 9NE


If you have any complaints please contact the Licensing Team in the first instance.