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Hypnotism Licence

Licence summary

Leeds City Council has the power to grant licences for the exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism on any living person at or in connection with an entertainment to which the public are admitted, whether on payment or otherwise, at any place in relation to which a licence for public dancing, singing, music or other public entertainment of a like kind is in operation.

Eligibility criteria

The application must be made in writing on the prescribed form. This can be downloaded from the Documents section on this page. Click to expand it.

Information required is as follows:

  • Details of the hypnotist
  • Date and time of the performance and venue
  • Details of any professional organisation to which the hypnotist is a member
  • Synopsis of the act
  • Details of hypnotists Public Liability Insurance
  • Details of the hypnotists last three performances (including venue and local authority area)

Regulation summary

Hypnotism Act 1952

Application evaluation process

You should apply in writing to Entertainment Licensing providing details about the performance including date, time venue etc. All applications are considered by the Council’s Licensing Committee. Once your application is received a committee meeting will be identified and you will be given due notice.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes.  This means you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period which is 60 days from receipt of correctly completed application form.

Forms to download, print and post

Should you wish to apply by post, you can download the following forms from this page that you can complete and post to us:

  • Hypnotism Application Form 
  • Conditions attached to a consent to perform hypnotism


Please contact Leeds City Council in the first instance. We would advise that in the event of a complaint contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).

Public registers or databases

Leeds City Council does not hold a public register of hypnotism applications.

Trade associations

  • Agents Association
  • Equity
  • National Entertainment Agents Council
  • Society for All Artists (SAA)

Use of personal data

Leeds City Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

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