Apply for a radio broadcast licence

A Short Term Restricted Service Licence (SRSL) is a short-term radio licence broadcast on AM or FM analogue radio, granted for coverage of events, religious festivals or for trial broadcasts in preparation for applying for a longer-term licence. SRSLs are usually granted for a maximum of 28 consecutive days and are for small-scale community use. The service is restricted in both coverage and duration to make optimal use of the radio spectrum available for this type of licence, and to satisfy as far as is practicable the level of demand from applicants.

Application window for 2020 period of high-demand – short-term restricted service licences (‘SRSLs’)

On Monday 25 November 2019 Ofcom opened an application window for SRSL applicants hoping to broadcast on any dates between Monday 20 April 2020 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 inclusive. The application window will remain open until 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

Applicants should ensure they are familiar with the application criteria detailed in the guidance note below and must use the current version of the application form. The guidance note explains what will happen after the window closes.

Statement: Short-term restricted service licensing review
Published 19 November 2019

Short Term RSL application form (ODT, 71.0 KB)
Updated March 2019

Short Term RSLs: Guidance notes for licence applicants and licensees (PDF, 442.7 KB)
Updated 19 November 2019

Long Term RSL and Audio Distribution Systems RSLs: Guidance notes for licence applicants (PDF, 471.4 KB)
Updated November 2015

Long Term RSL application form (RTF, 1.0 MB)

Audio Distribution Systems RSL (ADS-RSL) application form (RTF, 861.8 KB)

ADS-RSL service information form to change or add services to an Audio Distribution Systems RSL licence (RTF, 858.5 KB)

ADSRSL LRSL Licence contact update form

Short Term RSL standard form licence (PDF, 644.4 KB)

Long Term RSL standard form licence (PDF, 705.3 KB)

ADS-RSL standard form licence (PDF, 704.2 KB)

Compliance checklist for radio broadcast content (PDF, 161.0 KB)