TV Licensing for businesses and organisations

If you have a business or organisation, you’re in the right place. Find out how to buy or renew your licence, how to tell us you don’t need one and how to change your details.

Does your business or organisation need a TV Licence?

There’s only one way to make sure everyone at your address is covered to watch or record live TV – and that’s to buy a TV Licence.

Most businesses only need one licence to cover everyone on the premises – no matter how many devices are used. But others with more than one address may need multiple licences.

You may need a TV Licence if:

  • Staff, customers or visitors watch or record live TV on any device you’ve provided, including a TV, phone, tablet or computer.
  • They watch or record live TV at your address using their own device that’s plugged into the mains.

You don’t need a TV Licence if:

  • Staff, customers or visitors watch or record live TV at your address using their own device, that’s not plugged into the mains, and there is a TV Licence at their home address.
  • They only watch on demand or catch up TV services.
  • Devices are only used to watch CCTV, DVDs or videos.

Find out what live TV means and the devices used to watch it.

What are the rules for your type of business?

There are special rules for some types of businesses while others may be eligible for a concession. If your business or organisation category is listed below, it’s important to find out what the requirements are.

Need to cover more than one address?

The simplest way to license more than one address is with a Company Group TV Licence. There are no forms to fill in or any qualifying criteria. Plus you only need to make one annual payment and you’ll receive only one reminder at one address, so it’s easier for you.

To buy a licence or find out more, call us on 0300 790 6165. Alternatively, you can pay in full by BACS, or by sending a cheque (payable to TV Licensing) to:

TV Licensing
Hotel & Company Group Licensing
Darlington DL98 1TL

There are different rules for hotels, hostels, mobile units and campsites. Please see how this affects you.

Want to change your address or licence details?

If you already have a licence, you should move it to your new address. You can do this up to three months before your move. You’ll need:

  • Your licence number
  • Name on the licence
  • Postcode of where the licence is registered
  • Your new address

You can also update your business name, contact details and the name on the TV Licence.

To update your Company Group TV Licence (for businesses with multiple addresses), you must call us on 0300 790 6165.

How would you like to pay?

A single TV Licence costs £145.50. You can pay it in full or spread the cost over the year by paying quarterly, monthly or weekly.

If you want to license multiple addresses, please call us on 0300 790 6165.

Not watching or recording live TV? Is your property empty?

You may not need a TV Licence. But please let us know, so we can update our records. Then, we won’t send you any letters for up to three years, unless we believe your circumstances have changed. (We may visit you to confirm you don’t need a licence.)

Just so you know, the only way to be sure your staff, customers and visitors are covered to watch or record live TV at your address is for you to buy a TV Licence. Find out more about live TV and how you watch it.

Can you send me an invoice or bill for the TV Licence?

We don’t provide invoices or bills, unfortunately, but one of the following should be suitable as a record of your expense:

A letter from TV Licensing

If we’ve sent you a letter about buying or renewing a licence, it will show the total amount to be paid and explain the purpose of the licence.

Your TV Licence online

If you have already paid for a TV Licence, then you will also have a licence online, which you can access at any time. Simply sign in using the licence number, name and postcode on the licence. Then you’ll see the total cost and expiry date of your licence.

Don't know your licence number?

Payment confirmation email

If you pay for your TV Licence online, we will send you an email confirming the payment and your licence number.

Have you told your staff, customers and visitors about watching live TV at work?

You can use this handy template to set out the TV viewing policy for your business. By sharing this with employees and visitors, you can let them know:

  • Whether or not your business is covered by a TV Licence.
  • Whether or not you allow staff, customers and visitors to watch live TV.

Download the Workplace Viewing Policy (PDF 369 Kb opens in a new window)



Your questions answered. TV Licensing FAQs in one place.