Gambling Licences and Permits
West Lothian Licensing Board has a range of functions under the Gambling Act 2005
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. We cannot accept phone calls at present.
In the meantime, applications for licences and permits (with the exception of hire car applications, please refer to the hire car webpages for details of how to make these) should be posted to the
West Lothian Council,
along with cheques or postal orders for payment of any fee required and copies of all required supporting documentation.
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 at present.
If you are an event organiser you should note that when possible applicants will be able to email amended applications for events which have been postponed due to Covid-19 as long as the details of the event remain exactly the same and only the event date is changing, any other changes to event details will require a new application to be submitted in the usual manner.
The 2005 Act contains 3 licensing objectives which are central to the Board's exercise of its legal functions and in particular its decision making;
- preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime
- ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
- protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling
Gambling Statement of Principles
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 every three years and a copy is available to download here
What types of gambling applications can I apply for?
You can apply to the Board for a premises licence for any of the following activities:
- adult entertainment centre
- betting shop
- family entertainment centre
and you can also apply for any of the following types of permit:
- unlicensed family entertainment centres
- prize gaming
- licensed premises gaming machine
- club gaming
- club machine
- 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