Last updated: 2 November 2023

Next review: 2 November 2024

It is illegal to sell, rent or supply a video cassette, or a DVD unless it has been given legal classification by British Board of Film classification.

Most computer games are exempt, but some must be classified by the BBFC. For these the same restrictions apply.

The penalty for selling or hiring out a video cassette/DVD which should have been classified but has not been is an unlimited fine and/or up to 2 years imprisonment.

You cannot sell, rent or supply video cassettes or DVDs to any person under the ages of 12, 15 and 18 years unless the material has been classified as suitable for that particular age.

Restricted 18 video cassettes and DVDs can be supplied only in licensed sex shops to persons 18 years and over.

The maximum penalty on summary conviction is a fine of £20,000, a term of imprisonment of six months, or both.