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Hypnotism Permit

How to Apply for a Hypnotism Permit

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public, you must have authorisation from the local authority. You must keep to any conditions attached to an authorisation.


You must have appropriate public liability insurance in place for any proposed events.

How to apply

Bracknell Forest Council - apply online - Apply for a licence or email : licensing@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

West Berkshire Council email : licensing@westberks.gov.uk 

Application process

When we receive your application, we will check the documentation you provide to make sure that appropriate insurance is in place.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 28 days of receiving it. Please contact us if you have not heard from us by the end of this period.


Please contact us in the first instance. Anyone applying who is refused a licence or wants to object to a condition on the licence can appeal to their local magistrates' court within 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.

The law

The relevant legislation is the Hypnotism Act 1952.


If you wish to complain that a hypnotist is causing a nuisance, or if you believe that there has been a breach of permit conditions, please contact us. You can also contact Citizens Advice who will give you advice.

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