Ryedale District Council

Stage hypnotism licence

Any exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism (as defined in the Hypnotism Act 1952) requires the express written consent of the Council as licensing authority.

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. The authority may attach conditions to an authorisation in the interests of public safety. It is an offence to hypnotise a person under 18.

The application for this consent must be submitted in writing and signed by the applicant or their agent no less than 28 days before the date on which the proposed performance is scheduled to take place.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this consent.

How long will it take to receive the consent?

Following receipt of the application form and any necessary attachments, you can expect to hear from us within 60 days.

Tacit Consent applies: this means that 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 period. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period please contact us using the contact details below.

How to apply

Apply for a hypnotism consent.

Failed application redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Consent holder redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer complaints

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

For further information and advice contact the Licensing Team on 01653 600666.

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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House, Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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