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Hypnotism Authorisation

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.

You must comply with any conditions attached to an authorisation.


Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence


Application Evaluation Process

Application for consent must be in writing and signed by the applicant or the applicant's agent and must be made not less than 28 days in advance of the performance concerned.  This period may be reduced in the case of a hypnotist who has performed at the same venue within the last three years without any problems occurring.  The Council will normally respond within 7 to 14 days, less where the hypnotist has previously performed in the same venue. 

The applicant must at the same time forward a copy of the application to the Chief Officer of Police and the Fire Authority.

The application shall contain the following information:-

  • The name (both real and stage name, if different) and address of the person who will give the performance along with details of their last three performances (where and when); and
  • A statement as to whether, and if so giving the full details, the hypnotist has previously been refused, or had withdrawn, a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of an offence involving the breach of a condition regulating or prohibiting the giving of a performance of hypnotism on any person at a place licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 or any other place. 

No poster, advertisement or programme for performance of hypnotism which is likely to cause public offence shall be displayed, sold or supplied by or on behalf of the licensee either at the premises or elsewhere;

Every poster, advertisement or programme for the performance which is displayed, sold or supplied shall include, clearly and legibly, the following statement:-

'Volunteers, who must be aged 18 or over, can refuse at any point to continue taking part in the performance.'

Approved conditions may be attached to any consent given for a performance.

The target completion period for a hypnotism authorisation is 14 calendar days. 

Will Tacit Consent

Yes. If Colchester Borough Council does not respond to an notification within the target completion period shown above (or following an extension), the authorisation will be deemed to have been granted tacitly unless different arrangements are in place that are justified by an Overriding Reason of Public Interest.

There are no specific guidance notes for completing the application other than the information given on this page and the relevant forms. 

Apply and Pay Online

We are very sorry but the facility to apply and pay online is not yet available.

Apply via post
    or in person

For a PDF version of the application form which can be downloaded, printed and completed, please click on the document below:

pdf icon Hypnosis Application Form [32kb]

Application forms are also available from the Colchester Library and Community Hub or by contacting us using the details at the bottom of this page.

Please note that when submitting your completed form to the Licensing Authority it must be accompanied by the relevant fee, proof of public liability insurance and proof of membership of a recognised professional body (if relevant). Details of all of this are given on the application form.


Failed Application Redress

Please contact Colchester Borough Council in the first instance.



Please contact Colchester Borough Council 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, Consumer rights - GOV.UK will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.


Other Redress

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


Trade Associations

Agents Association
National Entertainment Agents Council
Society for All Artists (SAA)