What are the terms and conditions of a standard TV Licence?

About your TV Licence

This licence lets you use and install TV receiving equipment at the licensed place. You are covered to:

  • watch and record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, including programmes streamed over the internet and satellite programmes from outside the UK, and
  • watch and download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer.

This can be on any device, including TVs, desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles, digital boxes, DVD, Blu-ray and VHS recorders, or anything else.

You and anyone who normally lives here with you can:

  • Use and install TV receiving equipment here at the licensed place.
  • Use and install TV receiving equipment in vehicles, boats and caravans (except non-touring caravans when someone is watching or recording TV at the licensed place).
  • Use TV receiving equipment anywhere on any device powered solely by its own internal batteries.

You and anyone who normally works here with you can:

  • Use and install TV receiving equipment here at the licensed place.
  • Use and install TV receiving equipment in vehicles, boats or caravans used for business purposes.

This licence does not cover areas occupied solely by tenants, lodgers or paying guests. The licence might also not cover areas that are self-contained, areas covered by separate legal arrangements or areas of business premises used for a different purpose. Please contact us to find out more.

Other conditions

We can cancel or change your licence. If we cancel it, we will let you know. If we change the licence conditions, we will publish a general notice on the BBC website and, if we consider it appropriate, in other national media. Our Officers may visit to check our records and inspect your TV receiving equipment. You don’t have to let them in. Your TV receiving equipment must not cause unreasonable interference to radio or TV reception.

Even if you have a black and white TV, you need a colour licence to record any live TV or download BBC programmes on iPlayer. Please contact us to find out more.

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