Designated Premises Manager (DPM)

Every licensed premises in Scotland must have a designated premises manager (DPM) who works on the premises in order to sell alcohol under Schedule 3 Premises Licence Mandatory Conditions of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The only premises which are exempt from these requirements are clubs operating in terms of the Licensing (Clubs) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

  • Every premises must have a specified designated premises manager who works at the premises.
  • Any individual intending to be a designated premises manager must also be the holder of a valid Personal Licence.
  • A person can only be the designated premises manager of one premises at a time. 
  • If your designated premises manager stops working at the premises for any reason, or his licence expires or is revoked or suspended, the licence holder must notify the Licensing Board within one week or the premises will not be able to continue selling alcohol.
  • How do I name a new designated Premises Manager?

If you are naming a new person as your designated premises manager then you need to apply for a variation to your premises licence. This application can only be made by the premises licence holder as stated on the licence. You need to ensure that the person you are going to nominate is not currently named as a designated premises manager at any other premises within Scotland.

If your new premises manager has a personal licence which was issued by another Board in Scotland then you must include a copy of their personal licence with your application. 

You need to complete the Icon for pdf application form [91.21KB] and return it with the appropriate fee of £31, your principal premises licence (i.e. not a copy) including the layout plan and a copy of the proposed new premises managers personal licence to West Lothian Licensing Board.

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