Extended Hours

You can apply to West Lothian Licensing Board if you hold a premises licence in West Lothian for an extension to your normal licensing hours.

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.   

Extended Hours

Section 68 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 states that the holder of a premises licence can apply for an extension of licensed hours in connection with:-

  • a special event or occasion to be catered for on the premises
  • a special event of local or national significance

Can I apply for an extension to licensed hours?
How do I Apply?
When should I apply?
What do I do when I have completed the application form?
How will my application be processed?
What conditions will apply to my licence?
What is the Board's current policy about premises opening for longer during the festive period?