Stage hypnotism licence

We are currently experiencing a large number of telephone calls into the service with queries.

If you need to contact us, at the moment we would appreciate an email setting out your enquiry. For general licensing matters, the email address is

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If you give an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism you will need to comply with the Hypnotism Act 1952 (as amended).

This requires that you obtain authorisation from us if you are giving an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism:

  • on any person
  • or in connection with entertainment to which the public are admitted, whether by payment or otherwise.

A separate application must be made by the person who will be carrying out the act of hypnotism for each premises/venue they intend to be used.

Permission from the owner of the premises where the activity will take place is not required as part of the application process.

Once a completed application form is received and the information has been checked the following organisations will be consulted - Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Fire Service, our Food and Safety Team will be consulted.

If there are no objections to the application, an officer of the Licensing Team can approve it. Any licence issued is subject to conditions. If there is an objection or any concern about the application, it will be referred to the Licensing Committee for a hearing of the application.

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Post address:
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641951
Minicom: 01332 640666
Fax: 01332 643299
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street