The law is changing. From 1 September 2016 you'll need a TV Licence to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. Find out more
Your TV Licence allows television receivers to be installed and used at the premises specified on the licence, and at the other places detailed on the licence, subject to the terms and conditions stated below.
You means the person named on the licence.
TV equipment means television receiving equipment, such as a TV set, computer, mobile phone, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.
The licence allows installation and use of TV equipment:
Use of TV equipment powered by internal batteries anywhere:
Black and white licences:
Find out more about when you need a TV Licence.
Please note: separate terms and conditions apply to the following types of TV Licence: hotel and mobile units TV Licence, ARC concessionary TV Licence and entertainment units TV Licence. If you have one of these, please refer to your licence for specific terms and conditions or contact us for information.
TV Licences are issued by TV Licensing of 100 Temple Street, Bristol BS1 6AB on behalf of the British Broadcasting Corporation in its capacity as the Licensing Authority.
On receipt of payment of the applicable licence fee (or in the case of customers who pay in instalments, the applicable issue fee), your TV Licence will be sent to the address stated on the TV Licence or, if you opt in to receive your TV Licence electronically, to your nominated email address.
If you opt in to receive your TV Licence electronically and you wish to pay for your TV Licence in instalments, you are also opting in to receive your instalment payment plan by email. In addition, when your TV Licence expires, you will be sent an email to remind you to buy your next TV Licence (irrespective of whether you are paying in instalments or not). From time to time we may also send messages via email regarding your TV Licence.
You will not receive your TV Licence, instalment payment plan (if applicable) and your first reminder to obtain your next TV Licence by any other means of delivery including by postal service. However, if you do not obtain your next TV Licence after you have been sent your reminder by email, we will resume communications by postal service and we may continue to communicate with you by email for the purpose of administering the TV Licence system.
You must have a valid email address in order to purchase a TV Licence online even if you do not wish to receive your TV Licence electronically.
If you opt-in to receive your TV Licence, instalment payment plan (if applicable) and your first reminder electronically, it is your responsibility to provide your valid email address and to notify TV Licensing if your email address changes. You can change your email address online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/update-your-details/. If you do not inform TV Licensing of any changes and consequently do not receive an email reminder that your next TV Licence is due, you will remain fully responsible and liable to pay the licence fee and to ensure that you are properly licensed and may still be prosecuted if you are found to be using a TV receiver to receive television programmes without a TV Licence.
You may opt-out of receiving your TV Licence, instalment plan (if applicable) and first reminder electronically at any time however in order to give us sufficient time to process your request we must receive your request at least 4 weeks prior to the expiry of your current TV Licence. To opt-out, please visit, www.tvlicensing.co.uk/update-your-details/ and select paper as your licence format. It is your responsibility to ensure that the TV Licence that is delivered to you, records your correct name and the correct address where you wish use a TV receiver. You will not be licensed to use a TV receiver if your TV Licence does not correctly record your details. Please contact TV Licensing if your details are incorrect or if your details subsequently change (e.g. you move house). You can tell us your new details online at, www.tvlicensing.co.uk/update-your-details/.
We cannot guarantee that the electronic delivery of your TV Licence, instalment payment plan (if applicable) and your first reminder will be uninterrupted or error free, or that the server that makes them available are free of viruses or bugs.
While we will not charge you a fee for delivering any documents to you electronically, you may be required to pay access fees and/or call charges necessary to access your emails to whoever provides such access to you. Your liability to pay any such charges is separate from and shall have no impact on your obligation to pay the licence fee and to ensure that you are properly licensed.
You agree that you will act responsibly when purchasing your TV Licence online and receiving your TV Licence, instalment payment plan (if applicable) and your first reminder electronically. You also agree that you will not act for any fraudulent or other illegal purpose nor will you interrupt or damage our services or try to make them less efficient. Any fraudulent or illegal activity may be reported to an appropriate authority such as the police.
If you breach any of these terms and conditions, you may be prohibited with immediate effect and without notice from receiving your TV Licence, instalment payment plan (if applicable) and your first reminder electronically. If you are so prohibited, you will remain fully responsible and liable to pay the licence fee by another means and to ensure that you are properly licensed and may still be prosecuted if you are found to be using a TV receiver to receive television programmes without a TV Licence.
All materials (including without limitation, all designs, text, graphics and their selection and arrangement) relating to the delivery of your TV Licence, instalment payment plan (if applicable) and your first reminder electronically including your TV Licence, instalment payment plan (if applicable) and your first reminder themselves are subject to copyright, design rights and trademarks of the BBC and/or third parties. Nothing contained in these terms shall be construed as conferring by implication, estoppel or otherwise any licence or right to use any trademark, patent, design right or copyright of the BBC or any other third party.
We expressly reserve the right to alter these terms and conditions from time to time by posting new terms and conditions on the TV Licensing website, www.tvlicensing.co.uk.
Under no circumstances will we be liable for any of the following losses or damage (whether such losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise):
If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.
These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
If for any reason it is not possible to send your licence, reminder and/or payment schedule (if applicable) to you by email, we will post it to you instead.