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West Lothian Licensing Board

The sale of alcohol is controlled by law and each local government area must have a Licensing Board.

West Lothian Licensing Board

West Lothian Licensing Board is made up of eight members and the quorum at any meeting of the board is four members, the current members are as follows;

  • Councillor Alison Adamson
  • Councillor Tom Conn
  • Councillor David Dodds
  • Councillor Bruce Fairbairn
  • Councillor Dom McGuire
  • Councillor George Paul
  • Councillor Damian Timson

Review of Licensing Board Policy Statement

The Licensing Board is undertaking a review of its policy statement. As part of that review the Board sought the views of the public and stakeholders on policy issues relating to the licensing of the sale of alcohol via an online  consultation document. That consultation is now closed.

The Board will consider the responses and publish a new statement of alcohol licensing policy prior to 3 November 2018.

Meeting Dates 2018/19

West Lothian Licensing Board meetings are held within the Chambers at West Lothian Civic Centre. The meeting schedule is as follows;

  • Friday 9 November 2018
  • Friday 14 December 2018
  • Friday 11 January 2019
  • Friday 8 February 2019
  • Friday 9 March 2019
  • Friday 12 April 2019
  • Friday 10 May 2019
  • Friday 14 June 2019
  • Friday 12 July 2019

Please note that once an application is received and is deemed to be complete it will be acknowledged and sent for processing. Once the objection period has passed, the Clerk will then decide at which meeting the application will be heard and applicants and agents will be advised accordingly. An application may not necessarily be considered at the next available board meeting and it is recommended you submit any application forms as soon as possible.

Agendas, minutes and further information about Board meetings can be accessed here West Lothian Licensing Board.

Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

From 1 May 2018 Alcohol can only be sold at or above 50 pence per unit. For further information and guidance please visit the Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing webpage.

West Lothian Licensing Board Statement of Licensing Policy

You can download copies of the pdf icon Board's Policy [365kb] or from the related documents section on this page and are also available for public inspection free of charge at the West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday.

All agents, licence holders and new applicants are advised to read the policy prior to submitting any applications for licences, variations or reviews.

West Lothian Licensing Board Statement of Licensing Policy - Section 7 Overprovision

As stated in section 7(4) of the Board's policy statement, the Board in conjunction with the Licensing Forum began an evidence and information gathering exercise in May 2014. This exercise remains ongoing and further updates will be provided in due course.  

West Lothian Licensing Board Festive Policy Regarding Extended Hours

West Lothian Licensing Board has approved the following policy for the festive periods 2018/2024 pdf icon West Lothian Licensing Board Festive Policy for 2018-2024 [144kb]

Licensing Board Rules

West Lothian Licensing Board has approved procedural rules for the conduct of its business and the procedures to be followed at evidential hearings. A copy of the pdf icon West Lothian Licensing Board Rules can be downloaded [91kb] or collected from the Civic Centre reception.

West Lothian Licensing Board Mainstreaming Report and Outcome Plan 2017-2021

A copy of the Board's Mainstreaming report and Outcome Plan 2017-2021 approved by the Board in April 2017 is available in the related documents section of this page.

West Lothian Licensing Board Financial Report 2016-2017

As required by Section 9B of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 the Board has approved the following financial report for publication .

West Lothian Licensing Board Functions Report and Financial Report 2017-2018

As required by Section 9A of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 the Board has approved the following functions report for publicationpdf icon West Lothian Licensing Board Functions Report 2017-18 [678kb]

As required by Section 9B of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 the Board has approved the following financial report for publicationpdf icon West Lothian Licensing Board Financial Report 2017-18 [49kb]