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Non-commercial radio broadcasting licences

This page outlines the terms of conditions for regional and community radio broadcasting licences, and the process for applying for one.

New non-commercial radio frequencies only rarely become available but when a frequency or network of frequencies has become available, these will be advertised through a public notice and individuals or organisations on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage database of interested persons will be advised.

The policy behind the allocation of radio licences is the Government’s Regional and Community Broadcasting Policy Framework.

In the post-digital switchover environment, a television license is not required as broadcasters would generally utilise spare capacity on an existing licensee's multiplex.

Details about the Ministry's enforcement and prosecution policy for the Broadcasting Act 1989 is available on our legislation page.

Related webpages

List of Non-commercial broadcasters

Regional and community broadcasting policy framework 2019

Terms and Conditions for Local FM Radio Broadcasting Licences


Updated on 20th August 2021