Transfer of a Premises Licence

If you wish to transfer a premises licence for a premises that is within West Lothian then you must apply to West Lothian 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:

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.   

An application for transfer of premises licence can be made by the premises licence holder at any time, this is known as a section 33 transfer application.

If a transfer application is made by any other person other than the premises licence holder then the application has to be made by a prescribed person to the Licensing Board within 28 days of:

  • A licence holder dying or becoming incapable
  • A licence holder being an individual, a partnership or a company, becomes insolvent
  • A licence holder being a person other than an individual, a partnership or a company is dissolved
  • The business carried on in the premises being transferred by sale or otherwise to another person

Such an application is known as a section 34 application however you should seek your own legal advice on such matters.

However please note that if a person is unable to apply to the Board within 28 days for a reason relating to coronavirus the Board may accept an application that is made after the end of the 28-day period. The licence will not cease to have effect if the Board accepts such an application.

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