If you wish to sell alcohol then you will need a licence. This includes events where alcohol is provided following the purchase of an entrance ticket.
The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) continues to have a significant impact on the processing of licence applications.
If you need to get in touch with the Licensing Team, please do so by email to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis.
In the meantime, applications for licences and permits should be posted along with cheques or postal orders for payment of any fee required and copies of all required supporting documentation to;
West Lothian Council
If you are unable to post your application and fee please contact the Licensing Team by email.
Please be aware that there will likely be delays in the processing of applications due to changes in working conditions due to the ongoing situation.
All alcohol licences for premises within West Lothian (including outdoor areas) are issued by West Lothian Licensing Board. The sale of alcohol is controlled by the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, which requires the following five licensing objectives to be upheld, when sales of alcohol are taking place;
- Preventing Crime and Disorder
- Securing Public Safety
- Preventing Public Nuisance
- Protecting and Improving Public Health
- Protecting Children and Young Persons from Harm
Unless the premises are covered by a premises licence an occasional licence will be needed to authorise sales of alcohol on a temporary basis. Information regarding the different types of alcohol licences and applications can be found below.
Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic a number of changes have been made to the alcohol licensing regime in Scotland by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020:-
It is strongly recommended that you seek legal or specialist advice regarding these changes before making applications to the Board or with regard to any other aspect of alcohol licensing under the 2005 Act. Please be aware that we are currently in the process of updating the information on our webpages and forms to take account of these changes and hope to complete these as soon as possible. If you are in any doubt about our requirements, or are seeking any other guidance regarding alcohol licensing during the emergency period, please email the Licensing Team at email@example.com