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Licences, Permits and Permissions

There are a wide range of activities which require licenses and permissions from West Lothian Council and the Licensing Board.

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.

The Licensing Team administers a number of different licensing schemes on behalf of the Council and the Licensing Board. These relate mainly to:

  • Alcohol licences under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
  • Gambling licences under the Gambling Act 2005, and
  • Various licences and permissions granted under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

Individuals or organisations wishing to hold certain events may need several licences or permissions. Please see Events - Licensing Requirements

From 2 October 2023 tax-related requirements have been put in place by the UK Government in connection with applications for certain types of licence across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The requirements have been in place in England and Wales since April 2022 and in Scotland, this applies to the following types of licence-:
  • Taxi Driver
  • Private Hire Car Driver
  • Booking Office
  • Metal Dealer
  • Itinerant Metal Dealer

Further information about how that may affect you is available here;


Privacy Notices

You should be aware that as part of the licensing process information provided by the applicant will be recorded within our licensing systems and for most applications a mandatory background check will be carried out as part of the vetting process. For further information about how your information will be dealt with please see our privacy notices:

To view all current liquor licence application notices within West Lothian, please see Adverts for Current Alcohol Licence Applications

If you need to get in touch with the Licensing Team, please do so by email (opens new window) email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis.

If you are organising an event which is open to the public you may need a licence.
Information on holding public processions (parades) in West Lothian and how to make a representation about the procession or a complaint about the notification process.
If you wish to sell alcohol then you will need a licence. This includes events where alcohol is provided following the purchase of an entrance ticket.
West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a number of licensing schemes for trading licences under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and other legislation including the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), caravan sites, street traders, metal dealers and second hand dealers.
West Lothian Licensing Board has a range of functions under the Gambling Act 2005
West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for taxi and private hire car vehicle and their drivers.