You should have a TV licence in your hall if you watch or record live TV (and from 1 September, BBC programmes on demand) using a television, computer or any other device plugged into the mains. It’s important to make sure you’re correctly covered by a TV Licence, even if it’s just for a short period of time (e.g. live sporting events, concerts etc.) or you could face a fine of up to £1,000. Usually you only need one licence to cover a club or community group – for example, when the a community building  is used by different clubs or groups throughout the week and the same TV can be used by all. However, in some cases certain areas may need a separate TV Licence – for example, when part of a community building is solely occupied by a club or group and a TV is used by other groups in other areas of that centre.

You don’t need a TV licence if:

  • You watch or record live TV at a community building using your own device such as a laptop, tablet or phone that is not plugged into the mains and you have a TV Licence for your home address;
  • You only watch on demand or catch up TV services on the premises. (However, from 1 September the law changed, which means you will need a licence for BBC programmes on demand – including catch up TV – on BBC iPlayer); and
  • Devices are only ever used to watch CCTV, DVDs or videos.

It costs £145.50 for a colour and £49.00 for a black and white TV Licence (unfortunately, there are no discounts for charities).

For any questions, contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112 or visit

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