The Licence Fee

The licence fee allows the BBC's UK services to remain free of advertisements and independent of shareholder and political interest.
Category: TV
The licence fee is £145.50 – or just under 40p per day. That’s the same as it was in 2010.

Find out about ways you can pay for a TV Licence and different types and costs on the TV Licensing website.

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to:

  • watch or record live TV programmes on any channel 
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

This applies to any provider you use and any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

Visit the TV Licensing website to find out when you need a TV Licence.

What does your licence fee pay for?

The fee you pay provides a wide range of TV, radio and online content, as well as developing new ways to deliver it to you. In addition to funding BBC programmes and services, a proportion of the licence fee contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population and funding Welsh Language TV channel S4C and local TV channels. This was agreed with the government as part of the 2010 licence fee settlement.

The licence fee allows the BBC's UK services to remain free of advertisements and independent of shareholder and political interest.

Find out more about what your licence fee pays for.

Read the latest TV Licensing Annual Review.