Do You Need a TV Licence for Your Business?

by Matthew Batham / March 13, 2017

With hair and beauty salons and barbershops commonly featuring television screens to entertain clients while they’re in the chair, the NHF has issued a warning to businesses to make sure they’re correctly licensed.

Salons need a TV Licence if they provide a TV or tablet for customers or staff to watch live TV programmes or BBC programmes on iPlayer. If the salon does not have a licence then the business risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

The warning comes after 10 salons across the UK were prosecuted for licence fee evasion last year. Additionally, in 2015/16, TV Licensing enquiry officers visited more than 36,000 businesses, including hair salons and barbershops, to check if they were correctly licensed. Businesses can check if a licence is needed by visiting

Hilary Hall, CEO of the NHF said: “Clients indulge in time out at the hairdressers or barbers, which is why many salons owners like to enhance their experience with television. As TV screens are becoming standard in salons and barbershops, we hope that business owners will take note and purchase a TV licence at the same time. The NHF regularly reminds business owners that having a licence is a legal requirement, and we will continue to do so as more and more businesses add televisions to their offering.”



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