Register of Vacant and Derelict Land

Vacant land is defined by the Scottish Government as 'land viewed as an appropriate site for development, having either had previous development on it or preparatory work in anticipation of future development'. Derelict land is that 'damaged by development, so that it is incapable of development for beneficial use without some remedial works'. Both relate to land that is capable of being reused but due to particular issues with the condition of a site, new development has not occurred. They are sometimes referred to as 'brownfield' sites.

The council monitors vacant and derelict land within West Lothian as part of the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (SVDLS), which is managed by the Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services, in order to establish the extent and state of vacant and derelict land in Scotland and the amount of land that has been reclaimed.

For the purposes of the annual survey: 


The Register of Vacant and Derelict Land in the West Lothian Council area provides detailed information on individual sites with a view to encouraging their re-use or development, in accordance with the Local Development Plan and other planning guidance. Click here to view the Register of Vacant & Derelict Land (at 2020) and theIcon for pdf Map of Vacant & Derelict Land (2019) [1.85MB] .

If you have any questions relating to vacant and derelict land, or just want to provide feedback and comments on our service, please email the Development Planning & Environment team at You can also write to us at Development Planning & Environment, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF or phone 01506 280000.


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