When you need a TV Licence

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The law says that you need a TV Licence to:


  • watch or record TV programmes live on any channel or device

    OR
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer.

You can watch TV in lots of different ways:

TV On a TV set
mobile On a mobile phone or a tablet (like an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy)
DVD Using a Blu-ray, DVD or video recorder
laptop On a computer or laptop
digibox Using a digital box with your TV (like Sky or Virgin)
console With a games console (like a PlayStation or Xbox)

A standard TV Licence costs £154.50


You could:

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.

Let us know if you think you don’t need a TV Licence

We may need to send a TV Licensing Officer to your home, to check if you need a licence or not.

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.

If you’d like help, you can speak to us on 0300 790 6114*.

*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.

General information about TV Licensing is available in other languages: