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 licensingservices@westlothian.gov.uk email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis so please advise when your event is taking place.

West Lothian Council operates a public entertainment licensing scheme (which includes firework displays) this licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
In terms of the Theatres Act 1968 theatre premises used to be required to be licensed by their local authority. The Theatres Act 1968 was repealed on 21 January 2021, all previous theatre licences have now ceased to have effect.
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.
In terms of the Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004 the use of an adult firework (as defined in the 2004 Regulations) between the hours of 11pm and 7am is prohibited. However, professional organisers or operators of firework displays can apply for dispensations from this prohibition. The firework dispensation scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
West Lothian Council operates an Indoor Sports Entertainment licensing scheme, this licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

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