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) 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: licensingservices@westlothian.gov.uk

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,
Livingston
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 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