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Gaming Permits

If you operate from a premises within West Lothian and you require a gaming permit then you will need to make an application to West Lothian Licensing Board.

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 permit is required. Applicants should consult the gambling licensing webpages for general guidance before making any application.
Gaming Permits

You can apply to the Board for the following kinds of permit:

  • Unlicensed family entertainment centre permit
  • Prize gaming permit
  • Licensed premises gaming machine permit
  • Club gaming permit
  • Club machine permit

The different kinds of permit available under the Gambling Act 2005 are available to limited applicants and permit limited activities.  Please refer to the following sections of the Board's gambling statement of principles for the period 2022-25 for further information:

  • Gaming machines in general
  • Unlicensed family entertainment centre permits
  • Prize gaming permits
  • Club gaming and club machine permits
  • Premises licensed to sell alcohol

Application forms for the different kinds of permit the Board can issue are available in the downloads section of this page.

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 permit is required. Applicants should consult the gambling licensing webpages for general guidance before making any application.

Holders of premises licences issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 wishing to make available two or less gaming machines of category C or D on their premises must notify the Board and should do so using the notification form available from the downloads section of this page. Please refer to the following section of the Board's gambling statement of principles for the period 2022-25 for further information:

Premises Licensed to Sell Alcohol

The Gambling Commission has issued a Code of practice for gaming machines in clubs and premises with an alcohol licence Code of Practice [53KB]

The Gambling Commission also has a quick guide regarding Gaming Machines on licensed premises, including but not limited to pubs.