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Stage hypnotism licence

​​​​​​Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (in England and Wales) and the Hypnotism Act 1952 all performances which involve hypnotism must be licensed and the premises in which the performance is to be held must also be licensed for Regulated Entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003.

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public you must have authorisation from us.

Eligibility criteria

You must comply with the conditions (30kb pdf) attached to this Authority.

​Application evaluation process

No provisions in the legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply for a licence

Application for consent to conduct an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism (103kb pdf)

Failed application redress

Please contact us (Licensing Service) in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us (Licensing Service) in the first instance.


01706 924114

Licensing counter drop-in sessions, Number One Riverside​

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9am-11am and 2pm-4pm

Friday ​9am-11am

Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU