Premises Licence Review

Under section 36 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 any person can apply to the Board for review of a premises licence.

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.   

Review of a premises licence is a formal legal process that requires the time and involvement of the person who has applied for review and the licence holder.  Any person considering applying for review of a premises licence is encouraged to read all of the information contained on this page before making an application. 

An application for review can only be made on prescribed legal grounds, these are:

  • that, having regard to the licensing objectives below or the licence holder is not a fit and proper person to be the holder of a premises licence
  • that one or more of the conditions to which the premises licence is subject has been breached; and/ or
  • any other ground relevant to one or more of the licensing objectives, 

these objectives are:

  • preventing crime and disorder
  • securing public safety
  • preventing public nuisance
  • protecting and improving public health
  • protecting children and young persons from harm

You can find further information regarding how to make an application for review and the review process below.

Please note that it is not necessary to make an application for review to raise concerns you have regarding the operation of licensed premises.  Before considering applying to the Board for review of a premises licence you should raise any such concerns you have with either the council's Licensing Standards Officer by email or call 01506 281632 or Police Scotland by email or call 101.

More information on reviews is contained in section 5 of the Icon for pdf West Lothian Licensing Board Statement of Licensing Policy 2018-2023 [986.75KB].

Review proceedings can have serious consequences for both premises and personal licence holders in respect of their licences if grounds for review are established. The Board would recommend that any licence holder whose licence is subject to review obtains legal advice on the matter.

Who can apply for a premises licence review?

How do I apply for a premises licence review?

What happens when a premises licence review application is made?

If I have applied for review of a premises licence, do I need to attend a Board meeting? 

What happens if the Board decides that an evidential hearing is required?

What decision can the Board make regarding a premises licence at a review hearing?

What action may be taken by the Board regarding personal licence holders working on the premises?

How will I know what decision the Board has made at a review hearing?

Who can appeal against a Board decision on a review application?