Trading Licences

West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a number of licensing schemes for trading licences under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and other legislation including the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), caravan sites, street traders, metal dealers and second hand dealers.

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: licensingservices@westlothian.gov.uk

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

Licensing Team,
West Lothian Council,
Civic Centre,
Livingston
EH54 6FF

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.   

Information relating to the various licence types can be accessed using the links below.

West Lothian Council operates a Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing scheme (referred to as an HMO Licence) which is administered by the Council's Licensing Team in partnership with other Council services, Police Scotland and Fire Scotland.
In terms of Section 27A of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, 1982 knife dealers require to hold licences from their local authority. This licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
In terms of Section 42 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, premises that are to be used between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am (including mobile premises operated by street traders) for the sale to the public of food for consumption on as well as off the premises require to be licensed. The late hours licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
In terms of Section 40 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 market operators' require to be licensed. The market operators' licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
Information about who needs a metal dealer's licence, how to apply for a licence, comment on an application or make a complaint about a metal dealer.
Section 119 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 provides that any person who organises a public charitable collection requires a permit from the local authority.
In terms of Section 24 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 second hand dealers require to be licensed. The second hand dealer's licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
In terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, West Lothian Council operates a licensing scheme which is required to carry on a business where tattooing or skin piercing is being provided. The scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team
West Lothian Council operates a Sex Shop licensing scheme which is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. The Team are 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.
In terms of section 39 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, street traders are required to be licensed. The scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
In terms of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 venison dealers require to be licensed by their local authority. The scheme for licensing venison dealers is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
In terms of Section 43 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, a licence shall be required for carrying on the trade of, or being employed as, a window cleaner. The scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
A description of the requirements for caravan sites to be licensed, including the more detailed requirements for sites licensed to permit people live all year round.