Apply for improvements to existing coverage and coverage extensions for community radio services

14 May 2024

Community radio services can apply for an improvement to existing coverage within the current licensed coverage area or, in specific circumstances, for an extension of the licensed coverage area.

If you already hold a community radio licence, you can apply for an improvement or an extension to the licensed area. There is no official deadline for submitting your application: we will assess applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will publish applications for extension requests on our website. We will allow up to one month to invite comments before making our final decision.

No areas are excluded on the basis of frequency availability, but this does not indicate that an improvement to existing coverage or a coverage extension will be possible in every area. Community radio is licensed using different frequencies to the extent they are available and unused by other radio services in different places, and is dependent on whether services cause harmful outgoing interference.

More information on improvements to existing coverage and coverage extensions, including how to apply, is available in our guidance document.

Guidance for applicants: improvements to existing coverage and coverage extensions for community radio services (PDF, 259.6 KB)

Coverage and planning policy for analogue radio broadcasting services (PDF, 401.9 KB)

Community radio technical change request form (ODT, 46.4 KB)

Applications received for coverage extensions

Ofcom invites comments on applications we have received up to one month after publishing them. You can submit representations by email to broadcast.licensing@ofcom.org.uk

Thornby Radio (PDF, 982.9 KB)