Hypnotism Consent

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public in the South Staffordshire Council area, you must have authorisation from the Licensing Authority, contact details below. This is in addition to any other theatre or entertainment licence you may hold.

Meaning of Hypnotism

"hypnotism" includes hypnotism, mesmerism and any similar act or process which produces or is intended to produce in any person any form of induced sleep or trance in which the susceptibility of the mind of that person to suggestion or direction is increased or intended to be increased but does not include hypnotism, mesmerism or any such similar act or process which is self-induced. (Hypnotism Act 1952 section 6)

Application and Further Information

Detailed information can be found in the following:-

Hypnotism Act 1952

Licensing Act 2003

Hypnotism Consent Application or Apply On-line

In Summary

  • The application must be completed and submitted to the Licensing Authority at least 28 days before the proposed exhibition, performance or demonstration of hypnotism.

  • Consent will only be granted if the applicant is able to demonstrate compliance with the Council's Conditions, a copy of which can be downloaded from the foot of this page

How long will it take to process my application?

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 7 days. However, if you do not receive this acknowledgement within 7 days, please contact us.

We will process your application and tell you the outcome within 28 days of receipt.

What if I have a complaint or concern?

Contact the Licensing Team in the first instance.


Email: licensing@sstaffs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01902 696804


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