You'll need to apply for a licence to give an exhibition, a demonstration or a performance of hypnotism for entertainment purposes. In order to comply with the Hypnotism Act 1952, you must obtain permission from us and follow any conditions we impose.

Hypnotism performed for medical or scientific purposes does not require our permission.

Who can apply

You can apply if you're the hypnotist, the venue at which they will be performing, or agents for either.

We will ask for details of the venue and show so that we can make sure they're suitable and safe.

We will also ask for details of the hypnotist including recent performances, experience and membership of professional bodies. We may contact venues and local councils where the hypnotist has previously appeared to confirm the details given.

If we are satisfied that the hypnosis will be conducted safely, we will issue a letter of authorisation for the show and details of any conditions applied.

How to apply 

Make sure that you make your application at least 1 month before the performance date. You can't perform until your authorisation is granted.

Download the application form

You should keep a copy of the completed form for your own records.

Post your completed form to:

Licensing Team
London Borough of Sutton
Civic Offices
St Nicholas Way

There is a fee for the application. Contact us to find out how much.

Once a decision has been made, we aim to issue your authorisation with 10 working days.

Refusal of applications

We will not refuse an application without good reason. If we do, there is no right of appeal against our decision.

In such cases, we will always give a full explanation of why we have come to such a decision. Before refusing we will work with you to see if there is any way in which our concerns can be resolved.