Renewing Your Personal Licence

If you are the holder of a personal licence issued by the West Lothian Licensing Board you should apply to this Board to renew the licence. If you live in West Lothian but your licence was issued by another Licensing Board you must make a renewal application to the Board which issued your 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.   

When do I need to apply to renew my personal licence?

You must make an application to renew your licence in the 9 month period (the renewal period) starting a year before your licence expires and ending 3 months before the expiry date. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible to ensure your application can be processed in time as it may not be possible to determine applications within the 3 month period if a Board hearing is required.

Please contact the Licensing Board if you are unsure of the dates in relation to your current licence.

What will happen if I do not apply to renew my personal licence on time?

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

How can I ensure that my personal licence continues after the 10 year expiry date?

What training do I need to do before I can apply to renew my personal licence? 

Do I need to do two training courses before I can apply to renew my personal licence?

How do I apply to renew my personal licence?

What if I no longer wish to hold a personal licence?

What can I do if my personal licence expires and I still need a personal licence?