Gaming Permits

If you operate from a premises within West Lothian and you require a gaming permit then you will need to make an application to West Lothian Licensing Board.

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.   

Gaming Permits

You can apply to the Board for the following kinds of permit:

  • Unlicensed family entertainment centre permit
  • Prize gaming permit
  • Licensed premises gaming machine permit
  • Club gaming permit
  • Club machine permit

The different kinds of permit available under the Gambling Act 2005 are available to limited applicants and permit limited activities.  Please refer to the following sections of the Board's policy statement for the period 2019-2022 for further information:

  • Gaming machines in general
  • Unlicensed family entertainment centre permits
  • Prize gaming permits
  • Club gaming and club machine permits
  • Premises licensed to sell alcohol

Application forms for the different kinds of permit the Board can issue are available in the downloads section of this page. 

Holders of premises licences issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 wishing to make available two or less gaming machines of category C or D on their premises must notify the Board and should do so using the notification form available from the downloads section of this page. Please refer to the following section of the Board's policy statement for the period 2019-2022 for further information:

Premises Licensed to Sell Alcohol 

The Gambling Commission has issued a Code of practice for gaming machines in clubs and premises with an alcohol licence Icon for pdf Code of Practice [53.83KB]

The Gambling Commission also has a quick guide regarding gaming machines on licensed premises, including but not limited to pubs.  A copy of the guide can be accessed through the following link Gaming Machines