Shops and offices

Your business could well have lots of visitors during the normal working day. The general rule is that staff, customers or visitors need to be covered by a TV Licence to:

  • watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any channel
  • watch or stream programmes live on an online TV service (such as ITV Hub, All 4, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Sky Go, etc.)
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer.
This applies to any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

The quickest and easiest way to pay the £159 licence fee is online.

There are some situations when this rule may not apply to your business. What don't I need a TV Licence for?

If your business has just one premises – for example, a single shop or office – you’ll need a single TV Licence to cover all TVs used at the site. If your business has multiple premises, you may need a Company Group TV Licence to cover all TVs used there.

If you’d like more information about what a TV Licence covers, visit the Businesses and Organisations page.

If your organisation doesn't need a TV Licence, please let us know. Then we can remove your organisation from our list of unlicensed addresses. We may visit to confirm this.

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

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