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  • Bed bugs and mites
    • Bed Bugs

      West Lothian Council provides a comprehensive service to deal with bed-bug infestations. Bed-bug infestations can take a number of months to control and to be effective requires the total co-operation of the householder.

  • Behaviour support services
    • Care Services

      The care services section covers a range of services, guidance and information including Carer Support including Respite Breaks for Carers, Care Services for Children, Care for Young People, Children in care, residential care for children, young people in care, care for disabled people, learning disability care, the Ability Centre, home care, garden maintenance, care homes, sheltered housing, physical disability service and sensory support service.

    • Support Groups and Organisations

      Find out how to contact a range of support groups and organisations relating to social care and health in West Lothian.

  • Benefits
    • Council Tax and Benefits

      Find out everything you need to know about council tax and benefits in West Lothian, as well as important changes to benefit provision across the country.

  • Benefits advice services
    • Advice Shop

      The Advice Shop is a free, impartial and confidential service to help the people of West Lothian with a focus to alleviate poverty and to promote inclusion and equality through advice, assistance and advocacy.

    • Benefits Advice

      If you are on a low income you may be entitled to some help to make ends meet. You could be entitled to benefits or tax credits whether you are working, unemployed or unable to work.

    • Customer Information Service (CIS)

      The Customer Information Service deals face to face with enquiries on all council services.

    • Scottish Welfare Fund Review Process

      If you are unhappy with the decision about your application for a Crisis grant or Community Care grant through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

  • Bereavement
    • Bereavement advice and support

      There are a range of advice and support options available to you in the event of a loved one passing away to help you with your loss.

  • Bonfires
    • Bonfire Night - advice for dog owners

      Consideration must be given to pets on and around Bonfire Night. Special care needs to be taken to ensure that your pets are protected from the stress and anxiety that is caused by fireworks. Animal Welfare Officers receive an increase in lost dog complaints during this time each year with family pets found miles from their homes, so it is important that owners take steps to ensure their pets are protected on and around the time of November 5th.

    • Domestic Bonfires

      It's not against the law to have a bonfire in your garden, but it can cause problems depending on what is burned, how often it happens and how much smoke it generates. Environmental Health deals with complaints about bonfires on neighbours' property.

  • Bowls (game)
    • Barbecue Hire

      The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas with seating and a barbeque facility. Whilst visiting the park why not have a barbeque with your group.

    • Polkemmet Country Park

      Polkemmet Country Park is a popular 68 hectare (168 acre) visitor attraction near Whitburn. The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, play area, picnic areas with seating and a barbecue facility. The Park also runs a golf course, a driving range and a bowling green.

  • Bridges
    • Road Bridges

      The council is responsible for 742 bridges located throughout West Lothian.

  • Building alterations
    • Alterations that do not enlarge your house

      This class includes a range of alterations that do not increase the floor area of your house, such as rooflights, painting, window replacements, solar panels, flues, satellite dishes and solar photovoltaic (PV) or thermal equipment.

    • Applying for a building warrant

      If you are proposing to construct, extend, alter, demolish or convert a building, a building warrant is required.

    • Porches

      Permitted development rights for the addition of a small porch outside any existing external door of a house.

  • Building regulations
    • Building Standards

      Find out how to apply for building warrants, letters of comfort and other information about building standards.

    • Noise from Construction Work

      A certain amount of noise is inherent in most types of construction and building operations, which can rarely be completely prevented. However, noise from construction sites can be very disturbing.

  • Buildings
    • Building standards performance

      Building standards performance figures will be updated on a quarterly basis

    • Building Standards Register - Search for a building warrant / completion certificate

      The Building Standards Register allows you to view information relating to building warrant applications, completion certificates and all formal enforcement action taken under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

    • Completion Certificate submission

      A completion certificate is needed to confirm that work has been carried out in accordance with the building warrant and complies with the building regulations.

    • Customer information

      This page will signpost you to building warrant information and tell you where you can go to get information and help with building warrant applications.

    • Dangerous Structures

      Building Standards has a responsibility to deal with dangerous buildings as they occur.

    • Do I need a building warrant?

      This page should allow you to determine if you require a building warrant for your proposed works.

    • Late completion certificate submission without a warrant

      Where work has been carried out or a conversion made without a warrant when there should have been a warrant applied for, a completion certificate must still be submitted. However, in this case the certificate may only be accepted if it confirms that the work or conversion has been carried out in accordance with and now complies with the building regulations applicable at the time of the submission of the completion certificate.

    • Letters of Comfort

      We can inspect work carried out without a building warrant and, if satisfactory, issue a letter to confirm that no enforcement action will be taken in terms of unauthorised building works or against any outstanding building warrant (a building warrant where the certificate of completion has not been issued). We can also confirm for certain works that a building warrant was not required.

    • Making an appointment with Building Standards

      Appointments are required to see Building Standards Surveyors and appointments can only be made to discuss a registered building warrant application. On this page you will find details on how to make an appointment. If you are looking for general information on building standards then please check these web pages or contact a professional architect or similar professional.

    • Raised Structures

      The Building Standards section is responsible for inspecting raised structures and issuing consent to use such structures under section 89 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

    • Sheds, garages, greenhouses and other outbuildings

      This includes any building within your garden, but not attached to your house (which would be classed as an extension). It typically includes sheds, garages, sun houses and greenhouses.

    • What happens to an application?

      This page should give an insight into how a building warrant application is determined.

  • Bullying at school
    • Attendance and Behaviour

      Children and young people benefit most from their education when they attend school regularly. Children and young people are expected to follow their School Behaviour Code. In extreme cases, children and young people may be excluded from school.

    • Bullying

      West Lothian Council promotes a culture where bullying behaviour is not acceptable. The Council is committed to establishing a caring, learning community where all members are valued and everyone has a responsibility to promote respect, openness, honesty and understanding.

  • Bus passes
    • Important information for all National Entitlement Card Holders

      National Entitlement Cards are being replaced. The process of issuing new style cards began on 24 July 2014, so anyone who has received a new or renewal card after that date will already have the new style NEC.

    • Rail Concessions Using Your Bus Pass

      West Lothian Council offers discounted fares to NEC cardholders travelling from West Lothian Stations on ScotRail train services.

    • School Transport

      Find out how to apply for a school bus pass, what school transport is available for pupils and school bus route and timetable information.

  • Bus stops and shelters
    • Bus Stops and Shelters

      The Public Transport Team are responsible for the siting, erection and maintenance of all bus stops and shelters, including any publicity items on display throughout West Lothian.

  • Bus timetables
  • Buses
    • Bus Stops and Shelters

      The Public Transport Team are responsible for the siting, erection and maintenance of all bus stops and shelters, including any publicity items on display throughout West Lothian.

    • School Transport

      Find out how to apply for a school bus pass, what school transport is available for pupils and school bus route and timetable information.

  • Business advice services
    • Growing a business

      At the hub of the West Lothian business community, West Lothian Connected in Livingston is a focus for local business support and services, business networking and local economic development.

    • Support for Businesses

      Whatever stage your business is at, you will find enthusiastic, professional staff at West Lothian Council's Economic Development service who can provide a full range of assistance to business.

  • Business awards and grants
    • Best Bar None

      Best Bar None is an awards scheme that promotes responsibly managed licensed premises in Scotland. The overall aim of the Best Bar None initiative is for partner agencies to work together with licensed premises to create a safer and more welcoming city and town centre environments. Best Bar None is now OPEN for applications for 2016/17.

    • Starting a business

      West Lothian's Business Gateway team deliver a full range of services designed to meet the needs of all those wishing to start a new business, buy into a business opportunity or become self-employed.

  • Business development
    • Common Terms and Phrases

      This page provides information on the most common terms and phrases used within the Corporate Procurement Unit.

    • Contract Opportunities

      All West Lothian Council contract opportunities are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).

    • Growing a business

      At the hub of the West Lothian business community, West Lothian Connected in Livingston is a focus for local business support and services, business networking and local economic development.

    • Register Your Business

      All West Lothian Council contract opportunities are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS). PCS is provided by the Scottish Government and is designed to allow all business access to public sector contract opportunities in Scotland. Its use is free of charge and the council encourages all suppliers to register their details on PCS.

    • Starting a business

      West Lothian's Business Gateway team deliver a full range of services designed to meet the needs of all those wishing to start a new business, buy into a business opportunity or become self-employed.

  • Business opportunities
    • Common Terms and Phrases

      This page provides information on the most common terms and phrases used within the Corporate Procurement Unit.

    • Contract Opportunities

      All West Lothian Council contract opportunities are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).

    • Growing a business

      At the hub of the West Lothian business community, West Lothian Connected in Livingston is a focus for local business support and services, business networking and local economic development.

    • Starting a business

      West Lothian's Business Gateway team deliver a full range of services designed to meet the needs of all those wishing to start a new business, buy into a business opportunity or become self-employed.

  • Business planning
    • Advice for new food businesses

      If you are hoping to start up a new food business it is essential that you get things right from the start.

    • Management Plans and Corporate Strategies

      Management Plans are annual business plans that are developed by each council service. The plans set out the key activities and outcomes that services will work to achieve within the financial year and the resources required to deliver the activities and outcomes.

  • Business premises
  • Business rates
  • Business sectors
    • Growing a business

      At the hub of the West Lothian business community, West Lothian Connected in Livingston is a focus for local business support and services, business networking and local economic development.

    • Starting a business

      West Lothian's Business Gateway team deliver a full range of services designed to meet the needs of all those wishing to start a new business, buy into a business opportunity or become self-employed.

    • Business Search

      This directory contains details of some 4500 businesses in West Lothian.

  • Business start-ups
    • Advice for new food businesses

      If you are hoping to start up a new food business it is essential that you get things right from the start.

    • Starting a business

      West Lothian's Business Gateway team deliver a full range of services designed to meet the needs of all those wishing to start a new business, buy into a business opportunity or become self-employed.