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  • 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.

  • Education and skills
    • Educational Psychology Service

      The Educational Psychology Service works to improve the wellbeing and educational outcomes of all children and young people in West Lothian through the application of psychology in practice.

  • Electoral registration
    • Democracy Events

      There is evidence that young people are under-represented in the electoral process (from getting on to the electoral register to voting). The council has an ongoing programme of events in schools throughout West Lothian with the aim of increasing participation in the electoral process.

    • Election Nominations

      Information on forthcoming elections and standing as a candidate at the election.

    • Elections and Voting

      Information about elections and voting in West Lothian

    • EU Referendum

      Information on the referendum on Europe which took place on 23 June 2016

    • Where you can vote

      At an election you can vote in person at a polling place, by post, or you can appoint a proxy to vote for you.

    • How to apply for a postal vote

      Anybody can choose to vote by post instead of at a polling place.

    • Proxy votes

      Voting by proxy is when you ask someone else to vote on your behalf.

    • Registering to vote

      The Electoral Registration Officer produces the Register of Electors for the council. You must be on this to be able to vote in elections. You can now apply to get on the Electoral Register up to 12 working days before an election.

    • Why should I vote?

      Information on why yours and everyone's vote counts.

  • Electoral services
    • Registering to vote

      The Electoral Registration Officer produces the Register of Electors for the council. You must be on this to be able to vote in elections. You can now apply to get on the Electoral Register up to 12 working days before an election.

    • Why should I vote?

      Information on why yours and everyone's vote counts.

  • Emergency planning
    • Emergency Planning

      The Emergency Planning Service is responsible for ensuring that the council has emergency response arrangements in place to enable it to respond effectively in times of crisis.

  • Employment, jobs and careers
    • Employment Advice

      We are committed to helping all our citizens find work and develop their careers.

    • Jobs and Employment

      West Lothian's growing reputation as the business hub of Scotland has led to increased employment, career and training opportunities. Our central location and young, dynamic workforce has drawn firms such as BSkyB and Tesco and smaller, specialised and family run companies. West Lothian Council is at the forefront of developing the areas workforce and a range of opportunities within the council are available to apply for online.

    • Jobs at the Council

      We frequently have vacancies for skilled trades people, teachers, carers and support staff. Search our online vacancies.

  • Energy and fuel
  • Energy conservation
    • Energy saving tips

      Many people face difficulties due unaffordable gas and electricity bills. Follow these top tips to see how much you could save.

    • For Schools

      Find out about what our schools are doing

  • Energy efficiency
    • Energy Advice

      Information and advice to help you save money on gas and electricity costs. We can provide advice on best tariffs, switching supplier, dealing with dampness and condensation, resolving billing issues, best heating use and more.

    • Energy and Sustainability

      Put very simply sustainability is about improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of the earth's supporting ecosystems.

    • Energy saving tips

      Many people face difficulties due unaffordable gas and electricity bills. Follow these top tips to see how much you could save.

    • For Schools

      Find out about what our schools are doing

    • Reducing carbon emissions

      Scotland has set ambitious climate change targets through the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The council continues to take a leading role in complying with the Act, reducing carbon emissions across its services and mitigating the future impacts of climate change through adaptation measures.

  • Entertainment and events
  • Entertainment licences
    • Cinema Licence

      In terms of the Cinemas Act 1985 cinema premises require to be licensed by their local authority. This licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

    • Extended Hours

      You can apply to West Lothian Licensing Board if you hold a premises licence in West Lothian for an extension to your normal licensing hours.

    • Public Entertainment Licence

      West Lothian Council operates a public entertainment licensing scheme (which includes firework displays) and is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. The Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required.

    • Theatre Licence

      In terms of the Theatres Act 1968 theatre premises require to be licensed by their local authority. The theatre licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

  • Environmental monitoring
    • Reducing carbon emissions

      Scotland has set ambitious climate change targets through the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The council continues to take a leading role in complying with the Act, reducing carbon emissions across its services and mitigating the future impacts of climate change through adaptation measures.

  • Environmental sustainability
    • Biodiversity in West Lothian

      Although West Lothian is an urban dominated environment the diversity and quality of its countryside and urban areas is important in the context of sustainable development and its communities.

    • Energy and Sustainability

      Put very simply sustainability is about improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of the earth's supporting ecosystems.

    • Reducing carbon emissions

      Scotland has set ambitious climate change targets through the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The council continues to take a leading role in complying with the Act, reducing carbon emissions across its services and mitigating the future impacts of climate change through adaptation measures.

    • What is Biodiversity?

      Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the term used to describe the variety of life found on Earth and all of the natural processes.

  • Equal opportunities and diversity
    • Equality & Diversity

      Equality is relevant to us all. Addressing discrimination and promoting equality are everyone's core business.

    • Equality in Housing

      Ensuring that our service operates in a fair and equal way

    • Equality Monitoring

      This page provides you with information relating to attainment and the distribution of pupils broken down by equality measures (gender,disability,ethnicity,looked after status,home language)

    • Together For Health (T4H)

      Together for Health (T4H) is a community based project which works to promote healthy lifestyles in the Armadale and Fauldhouse areas.

  • Extensions to buildings
    • Applying for a building warrant

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

    • Do I need a building warrant?

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

    • Dormer windows and other roof extensions

      This section covers additions or other alterations to roofs, most commonly involving dormer windows, but also including an extension built on top of an existing single storey garage attached to a two storey house.

    • Extensions covering more than one floor level

      Most house extensions of two or more storeys will require planning permission. You will not need planning permission, however, if:

    • 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.

    • Porches

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

    • 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.

    • Single storey ground floor extensions (including conservatories)

      A single storey extension to a house, such as a conservatory, sun room or other additional rooms, or an attached garage, carport or canopy, will not need planning permission if: