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Gambling Premises Licence

West Lothian Licensing Board is responsible for the administration of the Gambling Act 2005 in West Lothian which includes issuing different categories of premises licences.

The Licensing Team is 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. Applicants should consult the gambling licensing webpages for general guidance before making any application.

You can apply to the Board for a premises licence for any of the following kinds of premises:

  • adult entertainment centre
  • betting shop
  • bingo
  • family entertainment centre
  • track

Please note that, other than for tracks (see below), you can only apply for a premises licence if you hold an operating licence authorising you to carry out the activity in respect of which the premises licence is sought, or have applied to the Gambling Commission for such an operating licence, in which case your application for a premises licence cannot be determined until the Gambling Commission has issued the relevant operating licence to you.

Applications for operating licences require to be made to the Gambling Commission: Gambling Commission (opens new window)

You do not require to hold an operating licence if you are applying for a premises licence authorising a track to be used for accepting bets.  However, if in relation to the track concerned you will be acting as betting operator or running pool betting, you do require to hold a relevant operating licence or have applied for such an operating licence (as per the above) in order to apply for a premises licence.

For family entertainment centres offering category D machines only, please note that a family entertainment centre gaming machine permit rather than a premises licence is required. You can find further information on applying for an unlicensed family entertainment centre permit on the following page: Gaming Permits

By law your application for a premises licence must be accompanied by a plan which complies with Regulation 4 of The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

Please refer to the Board's statement for the period 2022-25 for further information regarding:

  • Premises Licences in General
  • Principles to be applied in relation to Premises Licences
  • Premises Licence Conditions
  • Door Supervision Condition
  • Specific Classes of Premises Licence
  • Premises Plans
  • Premises Licence Reviews
  • Determination of whether a person is an interested party in relation to a premises licence or an application for or in respect of a premises licence
  • Local Area Profile

From 6 April 2016 applicants for premises licences will require to share their local risk assessments with the Board when applying for a premises licence. Please refer to the following section of the Board's gambling statement of principles for the period 2022-25 for further details:

  • Section 16 Local Risk Assessments