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 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 a 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?

Current list of premises and licence holders

Complaints about traders and licence holders

Guidance on Licensing Funfairs