Payment of Annual Fees for Premises Licences

Annual fees are payable by 1 October each year by all premises licence holders.

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.   

The Board will issue reminders to all premises licence holders regarding the annual fee and therefore it is important that licence holders' addresses are kept up to date.

The annual fee is calculated based on the rateable value of the premises. Details of fees Icon for pdf Liquor Licence Fees [35.39KB]

You can pay your annual fee in three ways -

1. Online: an online system is available and you can pay online using a debit or credit card by clicking here Annual Fee Online Payment however, when using the online service for the first time you will need to create an online account by clicking on the "register" link on the webpage. Before you can register you will need to tell us which email address you will be using to register. Please email to do this. Once we have responded to your email by advising that your details have been updated you will be able to register. You will not have to register again in future years but you will need to remember your user name and password to access the system in future as the Licensing Team do not have access to these personal details.

2. By post by posting a cheque to West Lothian Licensing Board, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF.  Your cheque should be made out to West Lothian Licensing Board.  Please enclose a copy of your reminder letter with your payment.

3. In person by paying by cheque (made out as at 2 above), cash or card at our payment office at West Lothian Connected, Arrochar House, Civic Square, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston. 

Payments will only be accepted by one of the methods stated above therefore no BACS payments can be accepted and no payments of any kind can be accepted at West Lothian Civic Centre.   

If you pay by one of the above 3 methods and do not receive an acknowledgment of your payment within 14 days please email us.   

You should be aware that the reminder letter is your notice that the annual fee for your premises licence is due and a separate invoice will not be issued.