Theatre Licence

In terms of the Theatres Act 1968 theatre premises require to be licensed by their local authority. The Theatres Act 1968 will be repealed on 21 January 2021 when all theatre licences will cease to have effect.

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 council will consider whether theatre licensing should be included in public entertainment licensing under Section 41 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. The theatre licensing scheme 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. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.

When is a theatre licence required?

Which premises require a theatre licence from the council?

Who should hold the theatre licence?

How do I apply for a theatre licence?

How will my application be dealt with?

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

Complaints about licensed theatre premises

How much is the application or renewal fee?