Our commitment to you

We aim to provide the highest standards of service at all times.

We’re committed to protecting your privacy and following the requirements set out in the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. View our TV Licensing Privacy Policy.

When we need to check whether a household requires a TV Licence, we’ll do so fairly and in the least intrusive way possible.

We aim to process complaints quickly and make sure that all our investigations are thorough and fair.

Our customer service

We aim to deliver the highest standards of customer service.

We’ll be courteous at all times.

We’ll answer all calls, letters and emails quickly and politely. We aim to get it right first time.

We’ll act fairly and consistently towards all customers within the terms of the law and policies governing the TV Licence. Visit Legislation and Policy for more information.

We’ll help customers find the method of payment that suits them.

 

Our enforcement officers

When our enforcement officers visit a property they will:

Prove their identity by showing an identity card. If requested, they’ll also provide a telephone number so the person being visited can confirm the information on the card.

Explain why they are visiting and be polite, courteous and fair.

Enter the property only when given permission. If they’re not given permission, they will end the visit and may use detection equipment. They may apply to court for a search warrant if there is reason to suspect that someone at the address is:

  • watching or recording programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, or
  • downloading or watching BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer without being covered by a TV Licence.

Follow applicable laws, regulations, policies and codes of practice.

Avoid threatening or intimidating behaviour.

Respect people’s rights to privacy and confidentiality.

Stop the visit if asked to leave.

When necessary, conduct a record of interview and ask for a signature to confirm that the notes taken are an accurate account of that interview.

Make sure the person being interviewed knows what consequences may arise as a result of watching or recording live TV programmes on any channel or device, or downloading or watching BBC programmes on iPlayer, without being covered by a TV Licence.

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Latest press releases

Thousands of black and white TVs still in use as BBC One in colour hits 50
Wed 13 Nov 2019
As BBC One celebrates its 50th anniversary of colour television this week, TV Licensing has revealed that more than 6,500 UK households are still watching TV programmes on black and white TV sets.
Over 20,000 young people interviewed for watching TV without a TV Licence
Tue Oct 22 2019
More than 20,000 young people aged 18 to 25 have been interviewed by TV Licensing Visiting Officers for watching live TV or BBC iPlayer without a valid licence in the last year, according to figures released by TV Licensing.
Unmissable TV moments like Eurovision, Love Island and the Women's World Cup unite 18-24 year-olds
Thu Sep 26 2019
Unmissable live TV events are the most watched linear TV programmes by 18-24 year-olds throughout the UK and may hold the key to building lasting friendships, latest figures released by TV Licensing reveal.

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