What to do if you don’t need a TV Licence

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Remember, you don’t need a TV Licence if:

  • you don’t watch or record TV programmes live on any channel or device
  • AND
  • you don’t watch or download any BBC programmes on iPlayer.

You also don’t need a TV Licence if your home is empty and no one is living there.

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If you don’t need a licence, please let us know.

You can:

  • tell us on this website
  • speak to us on 0300 790 6114*
  • write to us at TV Licensing, Darlington DL98 1TL.

Once you tell us you don’t need a TV Licence, we will stop sending you letters. We may send a TV Licensing Officer to your home, to confirm you don’t need a licence. We will then contact you again after 2 years, to check whether you still don’t need a licence.


Why we need you to tell us:

We may send an officer to your home because, if you do not get a TV Licence when you need one, you will be breaking the law. This means you could have to go to court and you might get a fine. The fine could be up to £1,000. In Guernsey, the fine can be up to £2,000.

*Calls to our 0300 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number, whether from a mobile or landline. If you get inclusive minutes with your mobile, calls to an 0300 number will be included.

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