West Lothian Licensing Board

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

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,
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.   

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 David Dodds
  • Councillor Bruce Fairbairn
  • Councillor Peter Heggie
  • Councillor Dave King
  • Councillor Dom McGuire
  • Councillor George Paul
  • Councillor Damian Timson

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

  • Friday 13 November 2020
  • Friday 11 December 2020
  • Friday 8 January 2020
  • 12 February 2021
  • 12 March 2021
  • 9 April 2021
  • 14 May 2021
  • 11 June 2021
  • 9 July 2021

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.

Lists of current premises and personal licence holders

West Lothian Licensing Board Statement of Licensing Policy

West Lothian Licensing Board Festive Policy Regarding Extended Hours

Licensing Board Rules

West Lothian Licensing Board Mainstreaming Report and Outcome Plan 2019-2023 and the Equality Outcomes 2015 - 2019

West Lothian Licensing Board Financial Report 2016-2017

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

West Lothian Licensing Board Functions Report and Financial Report 2018-2019

West Lothian Licensing Board Functions Report and Financial Report 2019-2020