If guests or staff are watching live television at a hotel, bed and breakfast, or serviced apartment as its broadcast then a TV licence is needed.

North Devon holiday accommodation providers are being reminded ahead of Easter they must have a TV Licence.

If guests or staff are watching live television at a hotel, bed and breakfast, or serviced apartment as its broadcast then a licence is needed.

In the past year at least seven in 10 consumers took at least one UK holiday.

For many smaller hotels and guesthouses, the cost of a TV Licence is £145.50 a year, the same amount as a private house.

Hotels with more than 15 rooms are covered by one licence for the first 15 rooms, but will need an additional licence for every five rooms thereafter.

Richard Chapman, spokesman for TV Licensing, said: “The Easter bank holiday weekend is one of the first big months in the hospitality calendar and it’s the manager’s responsibility to make sure the business is correctly licensed.

“Don’t risk a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs”.

Peter Ducker, chief executive of the Institute of Hospitality, added: “Hospitality operators will want to make the most of the busy holiday season.

“Making sure your business is fully compliant with the law, and that you hold a TV licence, is an important mark of your professionalism.”

For more information about TV Licensing requirements for hotels and accommodation providers, call the TV Licensing businesses team on 0300 790 6112 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo