Date: 21.10.2011Last updated: 28.11.2013 at 12.37

The annual cost of a colour TV licence is £145.50 (as from 1 April 2010). A black and white TV licence is £49.

Find out if you need a TV Licence. You can also find out how to pay for your TV Licence.


How the licence fee was spent in 2012/13

Between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 the cost was £145.50 – the equivalent of £12.13 per month or just under 40p per day.

The BBC used its income from the licence fee to pay for its TV, radio and online services, plus other costs, as shown below.


£7.69 per month per household

Graphic showing Licence Fee TV costs


£2.08 per month per household.

Graphic showing Licence Fee Radio costs


£0.55 per month per household.

Graphic showing Licence Fee online costs

Other costs

£1.82 per month per household.

Graphic showing Licence Fee other costs

About the licence fee



Everyone in the UK who watches or records TV programmes at the same as they are shown on TV needs to be covered by a TV licence. This includes TVs, computers, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.

The Government sets the level of the licence fee. In January 2007 the licence fee was agreed for a six-year period with the amount being approved each year by Parliament. More recently the Government decided to freeze the licence fee at its 2010 level of £145.50 until the end of the current BBC Charter period in 2016.


Date fromColour licenceBlack and white licence
1 April 2007£135.50£45.50
1 April 2008£139.50£47
1 April 2009£142.50£48
1 April 2010£145.50£49
1 April 2011£145.50£49
1 April 2012£145.50£49

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