Hypnotism authorisation

About hypnotism authorisation

Summary of requirements

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public within the London Borough of Wandsworth,you must have an authorisation from us.

The requirement for authorisation does not apply to an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism that takes place in the course of a performance of a play or where an exhibition is given for scientific or research purposes or for the treatment of mental or physical disease (unless in connection with an entertainment).

You should read the information regarding the application process.

You must comply with any conditions attached to an authorisation. See our standard conditions.

Note: It is an offence to carry out hypnotism on a person under the age of 18.


There is a fee of £212. This includes £100 for enforcement, which will be refunded if your application is unsuccessful.

Application evaluation process

An application for consent must be made not less than 28 days in advance of the performance concerned unless the hypnotist has performed at the same venue within the last three years without any problems occurring, when 14 days notice will be required.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is 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, you can contact us

Contact us

You should contact us if: 

  • your application is refused 
  • you have a query about your permit


If you want to make a complaint about a stage hypnotist, you can report it online.  

European services directive

If you think that we have not complied with the European services directive by imposing requirements or conditions in respect of your application that are discriminatory, unfair or disproportionate, contact the UK SOLVIT Centre.

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