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.
The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) continues to have a significant impact on the processing of licence applications.
If you need to get in touch with the Licensing Team, please do so by email to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis.
In the meantime, applications for licences and permits should be posted along with cheques or postal orders for payment of any fee required and copies of all required supporting documentation to;
West Lothian Council
If you are unable to post your application and fee please contact the Licensing Team by email.
Please be aware that there will likely be delays in the processing of applications due to changes in working conditions due to the ongoing situation.
All alcohol licences for premises within West Lothian (including outdoor areas) are issued by West Lothian Licensing Board. The Licensing Team is able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. Applicants should consult the alcohol licensing webpages for general guidance before making any application.
The sale of alcohol is controlled by the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, requires the following five licensing objectives to be upheld, when sales of alcohol are taking place:
- Preventing Crime and Disorder
- Securing Public Safety
- Preventing Public Nuisance
- Protecting and Improving Public Health
- Protecting Children and Young Persons from Harm
Unless the premises are covered by a premises licence an occasional licence will be needed to authorise sales of alcohol on a temporary basis. Information regarding the different types of alcohol licences and applications can be found below.