Variation of a Premises Licence

If you hold a premises licence issued by West Lothian Licensing Board you can apply to the Board to change a detail or details contained in your licence by making an application for variation.

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:

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.   

Applications for variation can only be made by the premises licence holder. Variation applications are divided into two categories:

  1. minor variation; and
  2. major variation

You can find further information regarding these categories and how to make a variation application in the drop down boxes below.

What is a minor variation?

What is a major variation?

How do I apply?

What is the application fee?

How will my application be processed?

Can I apply to change more than one detail in my licence in the same variation application?

Do I need to apply for variation to update the name or address of a person referred to in my premises licence?

How to object to or make a representation regarding a major variation application

Is there a right of appeal if an application for a  major variation is refused by the Licensing Board?