Licences should be checked to avoid World Cup penalty

Landlords are being urged to ensure their TV licences are in order.
Landlords are being urged to ensure their TV licences are in order.

TV Licensing is reminding pubs and sports clubs in Lanark to check they are correctly covered by a TV Licence to avoid falling foul of a penalty this World Cup season.

Any pub, club or sporting venue which shows live television must have a valid TV Licence. Pubs without a valid licence are breaking the law and publicans run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

TV Licensing is mailing unlicensed pubs, before the tournament kicks off on June 14, to remind them that if they are planning to show or record live matches to staff or customers, they must be covered by a TV Licence.

Fergus Reid, TV Licensing spokesman in Scotland, said: “Although Scotland won’t be taking part, fans and supporters across the country will be heading to their local clubs or pubs to watch key matches this World Cup.

“It’s important pubs and clubs know the score, which is why we’ve issued advice to landlords and managers so they can stay within the law.”

Landlords or managers who would like more information about TV Licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, can call the TV Licensing businesses team on 0300 790 6131 or visit

A TV in the Workplace Policy is also available to help managers and landlords explain TV Licensing rules to staff in the workplace. Download the Policy at If there is living accommodation on the premises where a TV is also in use, this must be covered by a separate licence.