What type of OFCOM Radio Licence do I require for my radio system?

What type of OFCOM Radio Licence do I require for my radio system

Why do I need Two Way Radio Licence? 

If you are utilising or plan to utilise a two way radio system that does not operate on PMR446 licence free frequencies (446.0 – 446.1 MHz) you will be required to purchase an OFCOM business radio licence.

There are many variations of OFCOM business radio site licences and it can be confusing to know which one to choose, it all depends on your radio equipment and location. Radiocoms Systems Ltd can guide you through your application or apply for it on your behalf. By managing your OFCOM spectrum licencing for you we will ensure a revoke notice is never issued.


 What are the OFCOM Radio Licence options?

Licence TypeCostLicence Description
Simple UK LightThe licence fee is £75.00 for five yearsThis licence authorises hand portable or mobile radio equipment to be programmed with a set of fifteen frequencies spread across four business radio UHF or VHF frequency bands. You can utilise a repeater/base station on this type of radio licence.
Simple Site LightThe licence fee is £75.00 for five yearsOn this radio licence you can operate hand portables, paging systems and mobile radios operating within an area of typically 1 kilometre or less using a base station/repeater and antenna. Licensees have access to a range of frequencies however, they must self-coordinate with other simple site light licensees.
Technically AssignedTypically range from £75.00 to £1480.00 for a single channel assignmentA flexible OFCOM radio licence which allows for the use on a wide variation of business radio equipment which is typically recommended for larger radio systems or where there is heavy use of radio traffic within that area.

This is a flexible licence that authorises the use of a wide variety of business radio equipment. Licensees can choose from a wide range of frequencies across all UHF and VHF Radio bands and a wide range of coverage areas, from very small (e.g. in-building coverage) to very large (e.g. a county). Licence fees are calculated on the basis of several factors including the size of the coverage area and the popularity of the frequency band.

 Area DefinedPOAArea Defined licences give customers exclusive use of a frequency across either a 50km2 grid square, a country, or the whole of the UK. Licence fees are calculated using a combination of frequency width, frequency range and region covered.

As an example, a duplex 12.5kHz frequency between 450 and 470MHz to be used across the UK would cost £9,900. A duplex 12.5kHz frequency between 68 and 80MHz to be used across the UK would cost £3,300. Availability of UK-wide channels is extremely limited above 165MHz, so if wish to purchase an Area Defined licence you should check spectrum availability with us first.



How is my OFCOM business two-way radio licence fee calculated?

Business Radio Light Licence products Simple UK and Simple Site are a one off cost. This cost is £75.00, renewable every five years.

The licence fees for Business Radio Technically Assigned and Area Defined products are calculated by taking into account the technical radio system details you specify when the frequencies are applied for.

A more detailed overview of the fee calculation process can be found here 


How long will it take to be issued a new licence?

If you apply for a Simple UK Light or Simple Site Light business radio licence you apply, pay online and will be issued with your licence & frequencies immediately.

Business Radio Technically Assigned and Area Defined licences are issued within 42 days from the date that the completed application is received. Times exclude the period that an application is on hold for while we wait for payment, or if the licence requires national/international coordination.


When should I pay for my OFCOM licence?

For new applications, you have 28 days from the date that the invoice is issued. If no payment is received by this time, then the application may be cancelled, and you will have to reapply.

For renewals, you have until your renewal date to pay for this licence. This will be the last day of the month in which you receive the renewal notice and invoice. You risk having your licence(s) revoked if payment is not received by this date.

If you manage your own radio licence the fastest way to pay is via the online payment portal.


Can I amend my two-way radio licence?

You can make amendments to your 2 way radio licence utilising OFCOMs online systems such as adding a new contact, amending an existing contact or making a change to your organisation’s details. For other changes, such as a variation on frequencies you will be required to complete a form.


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