Confirmation of a Provisional Premises Licence
If you hold a provisional premises licence issued by West Lothian Licensing Board you will need to apply to the Board to have it confirmed before you can start selling alcohol. You have four years from the date your provisional licence was granted to make the application.
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.
A confirmation application is required to upgrade a provisional licence into a full licence and an application can only be made by the premises licence holder.
The same conditions on the Provisional Licence will be on the full licence.
Applications for confirmation must be made by the holder of a provisional licence.
The amount varies depending on rateable value of the premises. Please check the
You should download and complete the Confirmation of a Provisional Premises Licenceand submit it along with the provisional licence and fee.
Details of how to make application are contained in the guidance notes attached to the application.
An application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee and the provisional premises licence as well as the two remaining section 50 certificates, these are certificates of suitability from Building Standards and Environmental Health.
If the provisional premises licence is not available there must be a statement of the reasons for the failure to produce the licence.
On receipt of the application form, the Licensing Board will process your application and send a copy to the other services within the Council, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for comment. This is to check that the premises layout plan is correct and that no major variation is required. If there are no issues with the plans the application will be determined under delegated powers.
The Licensing Team process these applications as a priority but delays may be experienced in receiving responses to the application from advisors. Applicants and their agents should ensure that their applications are lodged in sufficient time to allow this process to take place. It is therefore recommended that confirmation applications are lodged at least 14 days prior to the intended opening date of the premises.
You can contact the Licensing Board using the details provided within the contacts section of this page if there are any changes to your circumstances.
If your complaint relates to the manner in which your application was processed, then you should address it in the first instance to the Clerk to Licensing Board.
If the complaint relates to any decision taken by the Board, then you have a right of appeal to the Sheriff Principal at Scot Courts you may wish to seek legal advice in relation to this process.