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Premises Licences

Information on premises licence including how to apply, variation of a premises licence, transfer of a premises licence, Designated Premises Manager (DPM) and payment of annual fees.

Please note that all the Licensing web pages are intended to guide you through the procedures associated with making an application for a licence. They are not intended to summarise relatively complex areas of the law. Anyone using these pages should obtain independent advice from their own solicitors or advice centre.


A licence is required for premises where the sale of alcohol is involved. Premises licences are granted by the West Lothian Licensing Board and an application can be made by any individual, business or organisation involved in the sale of alcohol.
If you hold a premises licence issued by West Lothian Licensing Board you can apply to the Board to change a detail or details contained in your licence by making an application for variation.
If you hold a provisional premises licence issued by West Lothian Licensing Board you will need to apply to the Board to have it confirmed before you can start selling alcohol. You have four years from the date your provisional licence was granted to make the application and an application can only be made by the premises licence holder.
If you wish to transfer a premises licence for a premises that is within West Lothian then you must apply to West Lothian Licensing Board.
Every licensed premises in Scotland must have a designated premises manager (DPM) in order to sell alcohol. The only premises which are exempt from these requirements are registered clubs.
Under section 36 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 any person can apply to the Board for review of a premises licence.
Annual fees are payable by 1 October each year by all premises licence holders.
The following lists contain details of current premises and personal licence holders, these lists are updated regularly and at least every 12 weeks. For the avoidance of doubt this is the only information available to members of the public.