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You must have a TV Licence if you watch or record TV programmes as they’re broadcast.
1 TV Licence covers all the TV sets, computers, mobile phones, and any other device that can receive a TV signal in a single premises.
A TV licence costs £145.50 (or £49.00 for black and white TV sets). The cost is the same for homes and businesses.
You don’t need a TV Licence to use online catch up services, watch videos or DVDs, watch clips on websites like YouTube, or use TV equipment for closed circuit television.
Fines and penalties
You could be liable for prosecution and a £1,000 fine if you watch live TV and you don’t have a TV Licence.
TV licences for homes
You need a licence if you watch live TV and:
- you live in self-contained accommodation on your landlords’ premises
- you live in halls of residence as a student
- you live in shared accommodation where you have a separate tenancy agreement
- you live in shared accommodation where you have a joint tenancy agreement (1 licence will cover everyone who lives in the house)
- you are a member of the armed forces living on base
You don’t need a licence if:
- you are a lodger in a household that has a TV licence
TV licences for businesses and organisations
You need a single TV licence if:
- you, your staff, your customers, or your visitors watch live TV on your premises
- your organisation is a school or college
- your organisation sublets premises from another business or organisation
You need a ‘Company Group’ TV licence if your business or organisation has more than 1 premises. The cost is £145.50 per site.
Free and discounted TV licences
You can get a free licence if:
- you are 75 years old or over
You can get a discounted licence if:
- you have a severe vision impairment
- you live in a residential care home