Events - Licensing Requirements
If you are organising an event which is open to the public you may need a licence.
The Licensing Team are able to provide general guidance on a scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.
If your event involves any of the types of entertainment contained within the West Lothian Council's resolution you may need a public entertainment licence if your event falls within the definition of public entertainment.
If you are organising an event in a public place and this will also involve the selling (e.g. stalls selling food and other items) or the provision of services for money (e.g. face painting) you may also require additional licences such as street traders licences or market operator licences.
If your event involves a public procession or parade you require to give notice of it to the Council.
If your event involves the sale of alcohol you will also need an occasional licence if the alcohol is not being sold from a licensed premises
If your event involves a public charitable collection you may require a permit from the Council.
If your event involves the setting off of fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am you may require to apply for a fireworks dispensation.
If you want to hold a street party you will need permission from the Council's Operational Services to occupy the road.
If you need to get in touch with the Licensing Team, please do so by email email@example.com email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis so please advise when your event is taking place.