Indoor Sports Entertainment Licence

West Lothian Council operates an Indoor Sports Entertainment licensing scheme which 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.

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.   

Which premises require a licence from the council?

In terms of Section 41A of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, 1982, an Indoor Sports Entertainment  licence is required  for the use of premises in West Lothian as a place of public sports entertainment.

(a)  "Premises" means any permanent or temporary building and any tent or inflatable structure and includes a part of the building where the building is a sports complex but does not include a part of any other building

(b) "Sports Complex" means a building:

(i) Which provides accommodation and facilities for both those engaging in sport and spectators; and

(ii)The parts of which are so arranged that one or more sport can be engaged simultaneously in different parts of the building.

(c) "Sports Entertainment" means any sporting event to which the public are invited as spectators.

(d) "Sporting Events" means any contest, exhibition or display of any sport.

(e) "Sport" includes any game in which physical skill is the predominant factor and any form of physical recreation which is also engaged in for the purposes of competition or display, except dancing (in any form)

(f) public sports entertainment means any sporting event to which the public are invited as spectators

Which premises are exempt?

How do I apply for a licence?

How will my application be decided?

How do I make an objection or representation about an indoor sports entertainment licence?

How long will my licence be granted for?

What standard conditions will be applied if my licence is granted?

What if I want to vary any of the standard conditions in relation to my licence?

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

List of current indoor sports entertainment licences and premises

Complaints about a licence holder