Public Entertainment Licence

West Lothian Council operates a public entertainment licensing scheme (which includes firework displays) and is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. The Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required.

The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) has had a significant impact on the processing of licence applications. If you require to communicate 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 are working to identify temporary changes to licensing processes. Further updates will be provided on this page as soon as possible.

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 law provides that where a public entertainment scheme is in operation a licence is required for the use of premises as a place of public entertainment.

If you are in doubt as to whether a licence is required you should ask yourself the following 3 questions -

  1. Are the public being admitted to premises (including land) or allowed to use any facilities for the purposes of public entertainment? 
  2. Is the type of entertainment offered included in the list of types of entertainment which requires a licence in West Lothian?
  3. Does one of the statutory exemptions apply? 

You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.

What is the definition of a place of public entertainment?

Which types of public entertainment require a licence from the Council?

What premises are exempt?

How do I apply for the grant of a licence that last for a year?

How do I apply for a temporary licence?

How do I make an objection or representation about a public entertainment licence application?

How will my application be decided?

How long will my licence be granted for

How can I apply to vary my licence?

What if my personal details change or I no longer wish to hold my licence?

Current list of premises and licence holders

Complaints about licence holders

Guidance on Licensing Funfairs