Fireworks Dispensation

In terms of the Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004 the use of an adult firework (as defined in the 2004 Regulations) between the hours of 11pm and 7am is prohibited. However, professional organisers or operators of firework displays can apply for dispensations from this prohibition.

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 firework dispensation scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. The Team is able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a dispensation is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a dispensation. 

Fireworks displays and use of an adult firework during night hours

Under the Icon for pdf Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004 [34.07KB] the use of an adult firework (as defined in the 2004 Regulations) between the hours of 11pm and 7am is prohibited.  Under the Fireworks Act 2003 any contravention of this prohibition is an offence, punishable e on summary conviction to imprisonment or a fine or both. Breaches of this legislation should be reported to Police Scotland.

Exceptions to the above for certain nights

The above prohibition does not apply to permitted hours on permitted nights which are:

  • beginning at 11pm on the first day of Chinese New Year and ending at 1am the following day;
  • beginning at 11pm on 5 November and ending at midnight on 5 November;
  • beginning at 11pm on the day of Diwali and ending at 1am the following day; and
  • beginning at 11pm on 31 December and ending at 1am the following day.


Who can apply for dispensation

When dispensation may be granted

How to apply for dispensation

Dispensation not effective unless notice of event given

Decisions regarding applications for dispensation