What is a TV Licence?
In the UK, you need to have a TV Licence to watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast, or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, live, catch up or on demand.
The requirement to hold a TV Licence and to pay a fee for it is mandated by law under the Communications Act 2003 and the Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations 2004.
Since 1991, the BBC, in its role as the relevant licensing authority, has been responsible for collecting and enforcing the TV Licence fee. The billions of pounds generated by TV Licence holders in the UK goes towards all the BBC’s activities, including its family of TV channels, websites, BBC iPlayer and more.
How to apply
A standard TV Licence costs £154.50
You can buy a TV licence online for the first time or renew an existing one on the TV licensing website using your credit or debit card. Alternatively, you can set up a direct debit which allows you to pay for your licence monthly, quarterly or annually.
To apply or to renew a TV Licence please visit the Official TV Licensing Website.
Fines and penalties
You could be prosecuted if you are found to have been watching, recording or downloading programmes illegally. The maximum penalty is a £1,000. This also includes any legal costs and compensation you may be ordered to pay.