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Gambling Licences and Permits

West Lothian Licensing Board has a range of functions under the Gambling Act 2005.

You can apply to the Board for:

  • a premises licence for any of the following kinds of premises:
  • adult entertainment centre
  • betting shop
  • bingo
  • family entertainment centre
  • track

any of the following kinds of permit:

  • unlicensed family entertainment centres permit
  • prize gaming permit
  • licensed premises gaming machine permit
  • club gaming permit
  • club machine permit
  • registration of a small society lottery.

Please note that the Board does not issue gambling operating and personal licences as, by law, these are issued by the Gambling Commission. More information is available on the Gambling Commission's website: Gambling Commission

Gambling Policy Statement

In accordance with the requirements of section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005, the Board is required to prepare and publish a statement of the principles it proposes to apply in exercising its functions under the Gambling Act 2005 (a policy statement) every three years.

A copy of the Board's policy statement for the period 31 January 2016 to 30 January 2019 is available in the related documents section of this page.

About the Board

An introduction to the Board, including details of how the Board functions and more information regarding its powers under the Gambling Act 2005, is contained in section 1 of the Board's policy statement for the period 2016 - 2019.

How to apply

You can find more information on how to apply for a gambling premises licence here: Gambling Premises Licence

You can find more information on how to apply for a gaming permit here: Gaming Permits

You can find more information on how to register a small society lottery here: Registration Small Society Lotteries

Complaints about gambling activity in West Lothian

Complaints regarding gambling licence, permit holders or small society lotteries can be made in writing to the Board at the following address:

The Clerk, West Lothian Licensing Board, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF

or by email to: West Lothian Licensing Board

Complaints regarding unlicensed gambling premises should be made to Police Scotland by calling 101 or the Gambling Commission on 0121 230 6655.