Apply for a Personal Licence

Personal Licence Holders have a vital job within the licensed trade. They authorise the sale of alcohol in both on and off sales businesses and ensure that each and every sale is legal.

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.   

This is a considerable responsibility and, as such, Personal Licence Holders have two important obligations they must:

  • undergo refresher training every 5 years to refresh their knowledge of the licensing regime, and send the training certificate to the relevant Licensing Board; and
  • apply to renew their personal licence every ten years, and lodge the renewal application no later than 3 months before expiry date of the  licence

Individuals can apply for a Personal Licence which allows the individual to train staff, apply for occasional licences and to authorise or supervise the sale of alcohol. All premises must have premises manager named on the licence for the premises who holds a personal licence.

Who can apply for a personal licence?

If you are aged 18 or over and live within West Lothian or outwith Scotland you may apply to the Licensing Board for a Personal Licence provided you have a licensing qualification and no personal licence previously held has been revoked within the five year period immediately prior to the date of application (unless the revocation was in relation to a failure to undertake training).

How do I apply for a licence?

How will my application be dealt with?

If my application is refused can I appeal?

What conditions will apply to my Licence?

How long will my licence last for?

What if I no longer have my original personal licence i.e. it has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed?

Revoked Personal Licences