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West Lothian Licensing Board

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

Please note that all the Licensing web pages are intended to guide you through the procedures associated with making an application for a licence. They are not intended to summarise relatively complex areas of the law. Anyone using these pages should obtain independent advice from their own solicitors or advice centre.
The following members have been appointed to the West Lothian Licensing Board;
  • Councillor Tony Pearson (convenor)
  • Councillor Alison Adamson
  • Councillor Tony Boyle
  • Councillor George Paul
  • Councillor Damian Doran-Timson

West Lothian Licensing Board meetings are being held on a hybrid basis at present. Any member of the public wishing to attend a meeting can now do so in person.

Applicants and their agents will be contacted about accessing the meetings at which their applications will be considered. The meeting schedule is as follows;

  • 12 April 2024
  • 10 May 2024
  • 7 June 2024
  • 12 July 2024
  • 9 August 2024
  • 13 September 2024
  • 11 October 2024
  • 8 November 2024
  • 13 December 2024

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.

There is currently a backlog of applications to be processed. Applications requiring to be referred to the Board will be dealt with in chronological order and it is recommended that all applications are checked carefully before being submitted as incomplete applications will cause further delay.

Applicants who require an interpreter should consult read the following guidance note  Guidance on Interpretation Service for Licensing Committee and Board Meetings [22KB]

The Board has completed its policy review.

The Board sought the views of the public and stakeholders on policy issues relating to licensing the sale of alcohol. That consultation closed on 14 April 2023. A summary of the responses to that consultation can be viewed here  Summary of Online Responses to the Board's Policy Consultation [264KB]

The results of the consultation were analysed by the Board and changes were made to the draft policy. A further consultation on the wording of the revised policy took place in September 2023. The results of the second consultation were analysed by the Board and no changes were made to the draft policy.

The Board approved the policy  West Lothian Licensing Board Policy Statement 2023-28 [990KB]  for 2023-28 at its meeting on 13 October 2023 and it is now in effect

Agendas, minutes and further information about Board meetings can be accessed here West Lothian Licensing Board (opens new window)