Radiocommunications licences

To use any radio transmitting device in the UK, it will need to either be licensed, or have a specific licence exemption.

Information about applying for licences in the various sectors is available below.

Planned system maintenance: 25 November – 13 December

Ofcom is upgrading its finance systems, meaning that licensing services will be significantly reduced between 25 November and 13 December.

Licence applications

During this time, online licensing services via the Online Community Portal will be unavailable. We will not be able to process any licence applications internally where fees are incurred. Other licence types that generate an invoice will be unavailable for processing.

We will also be unable to make changes to payment contacts on all licence types.


The Online Payment Portal will be unavailable during this time. This means that payments via debit or credit card will be unavailable. You will still be able to submit a payment via BACS but your payment confirmation and/or licence document will not be available until 14 December.

To avoid delay, please submit any urgent applications ahead of this planned maintenance. You should also make sure that any outstanding invoices are paid before 25 November.

Our Spectrum Licensing team will still be available to answer any general enquiries via email ( or phone during this time. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.