How to avoid the 'sinking feeling' of a fine of up to £1,000

TV Licensing and the Residential Boat Owners’ Association have joined forces to help to boost awareness among boat owners of TV Licence rules.
The initiative aims to inform boat dwellers about when a licence is needed and how they can become licensed to enjoy a year’s worth of live TV.

By law, boat residents who are watching or recording TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, need to be licensed.

This is true no matter what device is being watched, how the programmes are received, or whether the boat is cruising or moored.
Claire Wotherspoon, spokesperson for TV Licensing said: ‘An estimated 15,000 people in the UK live on a boat.

‘It is important they understand how the law applies to them when it comes to watching or recording TV programmes.

‘If they are found watching live TV on board without a valid licence, they might get a sinking feeling as they realise they are at risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.’

As some people struggle to pay for a licence in one go, there are many ways to spread the cost, including weekly, fortnightly or monthly cash payment plans and direct debit options, which can be set up quickly and easily online.
Alan Wildman, Chairman of the Residential Boat Owners Association (RBOA) added: ‘Boat owners need to understand all of the legal responsibilities they are taking on by living a life on the water, which include getting a TV Licence if they need one.

‘The RBOA provides a wealth of information on our website and in members’ publications for residents, and would always recommend people get in touch for advice on the practicalities of living on a boat, or if they are unsure of their obligations.’

To find out more visit, or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6071.