TV licences

Do I have to pay for a TV licence?

Yes. You are responsible for ensuring you are correctly licenced to watch or record live television programmes in your home, regardless of the equipment being used – TV set, smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. A colour licence currently costs £145.50 and black and white licence costs £49.

Note that the law changed on 1 September 2016. You must now be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use. If you already have a TV Licence, you will be covered.

Concessions are available

If you are over 75, are you entitled to a free TV Licence that will cover the whole household?

Yes, but although it is free, you do still need to apply for the licence. To find out how call 0300 790 6073 or visit

If you are registered blind or severely sight impaired you are entitled to a 50% reduction on your licence fee. To apply contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 6076.

If you are not eligible for a concession, it is important to know that there are lots of different ways to pay, which can help you to spread the cost of licence. These include monthly direct debit instalments, to paying quarterly or in one lump sum. There is also a payment card which allows you to spread the cost of the TV Licence into weekly, fortnightly or monthly cash payments. When you start paying, weekly instalments will be around £5.50 a week, and this will reduce after six months. To find your nearest PayPoint, visit or call 0300 790 6137.

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