Second home TV Licence

You may need to be covered by a separate TV Licence in your second (holiday) home if you

  • watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service
  • download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

This applies to any provider and device they use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder.

Find out more about watching live TV.

In some cases your main home’s TV Licence may cover your second home. However, you can’t move your licence to cover your second home while you’re there and then move it back again.

Please check below to see which types of second home need a separate licence.


You need a separate TV Licence for

Houses, flats, bungalows or cottages

You will need a separate TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV on any channel or watch and download BBC programmes on iPlayer in your second home.

You don’t need a separate TV Licence for
  • Any device powered solely by its own internal batteries (i.e. it is not connected to an aerial or plugged into the mains). Your main home’s TV Licence will cover this.
  • Boats, touring caravans or vehicles as they’re already covered by your main home’s TV Licence.
  • Static caravans, mobile homes or moveable chalets. Your main home’s TV Licence will cover you unless anyone is watching or recording live TV on any channel or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer at the same time at your main licensed address. In this case you will need to complete this form.

Non-simultaneous use declaration form (PDF 17 Kb opens in a new window)


If you still have questions take a look at TV Licensing FAQs where you can find all the answers in one place.