Licence - stage hypnotism

Do I need a licence to give an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism?

Yes. You 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.

How to apply

Complete a Hypnotism application form for each venue and return it to us. Applications should be submitted at least 28 days before the performance, otherwise the application may not be determined in time.

It takes approximately four weeks to process a hypnotism application. No hypnotism activities can take place until your application has been approved.

How much is a Hypnotism Licence?

There is no fee for a Hypnotism Licence.

How your application will be processed

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.

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.

Further information can be obtained from the following websites:

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Tuesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Thursday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Friday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Useful forms


Contact details

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