TV Licensing has a number of roles and responsibilities. We process payments and respond to customer queries. We inform people when they need to buy a TV Licence and give information on the many ways they can pay. We're also responsible for identifying people who aren't correctly licensed and prosecuting people who evade paying their TV Licence. It's our aim to maximise licence fee revenue by collecting the fee in the most cost efficient way possible.
We maintain a database of licensed and unlicensed addresses in the UK. We use this database to identify and contact people that we believe are using TV receiving equipment without a valid TV Licence.
Typically we'll send a number of letters to remind occupants of the importance of being properly licensed. Then we’ll try to contact them by phone. If there’s still no response, we may send a visiting officer to see if there's any TV receiving equipment on the premises. Visits can result in evaders being caught. On average over 1,000 evaders are caught daily.
Detection equipment will only be used if other less intrusive and more cost effective routes have been exhausted.