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;
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:
- Alcohol Licensing
- Cinema Licences
- Civic Licensing and Notifications of Processions
- Fireworks Dispensation
- Gambling Licensing
- HMO Licensing
- Licensing consultation privacy notice
- Sex Shops
- Venison Dealers'
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 email@example.com email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis.