The law says you need to be covered by a TV Licence to:
This applies to any device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.
A standard colour TV Licence costs £159 and a black and white licence costs £53.50.
There are some situations when you’ll need more than one TV Licence. You may be able to apply for a concessionary (reduced fee) licence.
|Students||Your halls of residence licence only covers communal areas. You’ll usually need a separate TV Licence to watch in your room. If you live in a shared house, you need to check that you’re covered in your room and communal areas. Even if your out-of-term address is licensed, you still might not be covered while you’re living in student accommodation.|
|Tenants and lodgers||You need your own TV Licence if you have a separate tenancy agreement for your room. This will also cover the communal areas. If you have a joint tenancy agreement one TV Licence may cover the whole house.|
|Over 75 TV Licence||
Anyone aged 75 or over and receiving Pension Credit is eligible to apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. Pension Credit can be in the name of the licence holder, or in their partner’s name if they’re a couple and live at the same address.
|Care home residents||Residents, staff and residents’ families all need a separate licence for their own living areas. Residents may qualify for a reduced fee TV Licence.|
|Blind (severely sight impaired)||You can apply for a 50% concession if you can provide evidence. Your licence will also cover anyone who lives with you.|
|Armed forces||In MOD accommodation, on or off base, you usually need to be covered by a TV Licence. Your home TV Licence doesn’t cover you while you’re living on base, unless your equipment is powered solely by its own internal batteries and not plugged into the mains.|
|Second home||You may not be covered by your main home’s TV Licence. It depends on what type of second home you have.|
|Moving home||If you have recently moved home, or you are just about to move, you need to let us know to make sure you remain licensed.|