Telling us you don't need a TV Licence

No TV? Not watching live TV on any channel or service, or BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer? Empty property? You can let us know here by completing a No Licence Needed declaration.

The law says you 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 you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

Find out more about when you need a licence.

What if I already have a licence?

You will need to cancel your licence before you complete your No Licence Needed declaration.

What if the property is empty?

Please let us know your address is unoccupied. This will stop letters being sent to the address for up to six months.

You may want to let us know the property is empty for one of the following reasons:

  • You’re a landlord waiting for new tenants to move in.
  • You’ve bought a property which is empty whilst renovations take place.
  • You’re working abroad for a fixed period.
  • The licence holder has died and the property will be sold.
  • The property is empty and waiting to be sold.
What happens if I tell you I don't need a TV Licence?

We will send you confirmation of your No Licence Needed declaration.

If you tell us you don’t need a licence, we may confirm this with a visit to your address. This is because when we visit and make contact, we find one in eight people* that tell us they don't need a TV Licence actually do need one. If you are not licensed, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000** plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.

* As at August 2020
** The maximum fine is £2,000 in Guernsey.

What if I'm moving home and still don't need a licence?

If you made a No Licence Needed declaration at your old address and you’re moving home, it only takes a few minutes to let us know if you still don't need a TV Licence.

Please use our Contact us form and provide us with the following information:

  • Your title, initial and last name
  • Your new address and postcode
  • Your old address and postcode
  • and your No Licence Needed declaration number (if you have it)

Once you let us know you’ve moved, you won’t need to complete the declaration form.

You can read and download our No Licence Needed policy below:

No Licence Needed Policy (PDF 253 kb opens in a new window)

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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