Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

From 1 May 2018 alcohol can only be sold at or above 50 pence per unit.

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.   

The minimum unit price for alcohol applies to both:

  • Premises that sell alcohol for consumption off the premises and
  • Premises that sell alcohol for consumption on the premises

The Scottish Government have created a website which provides guidance and information on minimum unit pricing such as frequently asked questions, example calculations and general guidance on how to make your business MUP ready. For further information and guidance please visit Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol

    Any alcohol sold under an occasional licence will also be subject to the alcohol minimum unit price.

    All premises and occasional licences will be subject to a mandatory condition from the above date. A copy of the updated conditions can be found in the downloads section of this page.

    If you require any further information on minimum unit pricing, you can contact the LSO for the West Lothian area by email  LSO@westlothian.gov.uk, or for further information and guidance please visit the LSO webpage Licensing Standards Officer (LSO).