There are two methods for paying for frequencies:
Standard payment - by credit/debit card, cheque, cash or bank transfer
Carnet - Our pre-payment scheme, which offers a discount for high-volume users
and two charging structures, dependent on type of use:
48hr - For temporary assignments or long-term outdoor, high power assignments
Fixed site - For long-term, indoor, low power assignments
There are only two exceptions to this:
UK Wireless Microphone Licences - UK-wide, yearly or two-yearly
Sound Links (studio to transmitter) - 30-day RSL licences available
Please note: We must receive payment before we can assign any frequencies.
There is a minimum fee of £28.00 for all jobs completed in-house. This does not apply for online bookings, so please check whether it is possible to book online before sending your application.
A £55.00 premium fee is added to all bookings completed by our out-of-hours planner (After 17:00 and at weekends)
Applications that do not have sufficient details for us to complete the work may be delayed.
Our refund policy is outlined in the Licensing Policy Manual.
Refunds are only applicable when an applicant has paid for a service, but we are unable to provide that service due to lack of available spectrum. The only other instance where a refund is permitted is when we have made an administrative mistake (such as overcharging).
A UHF shared licence can be purchased for a one or two year period.
A VHF shared licence is only available for one year at a time.
|Licence||Online Fee||Office Fee|
|UHF 1 Year||£75||£85|
|UHF 2 Year||£135||£155|
|VHF 1 Year||£75||£85|
|Low Power Use||Typical Bandwidth||Typical 48hr Charge|
|Wireless mic 470 - 1154 MHz (10mW)||200kHz||£8.50|
|2 - 5 GHz analogue (100mW EXT, 1W INT)||20 MHz||£51|
|Multi-mic use within single TV Channel (470 - 790 MHz)||200 kHz per mic||£51|
|Multi-mic use within single 960 Channel (961 – 1154 MHz)||200 kHz per mic||£25.50|
Fee = fee per bandwidth unit x no. of bandwidth units required x no. of 48hr periods. A carnet token covers the cost of a bandwidth unit for 48hrs
|Frequency Range||Bandwidth Unit||48hr Charge/ Bandwidth Unit||Typical Bandwidth||Typical 48hr Charge|
|26 - 65 MHz||12.5kHz||£2.75||12.5kHz||£2.75|
|65 - 470 MHz||12.5kHz||£8.50||12.5 kHz||£8.50|
|470 - 1000 MHz||12.5kHz||£2.75||200 kHz||£44|
|1 - 2 GHz||0.5 MHz||£17||0.5 MHz||£17|
|2 - 5 GHz (on-line only)||10 MHz||£12 per 12hrs||N/A||N/A|
|2 - 5 GHz||5 MHz||£28||10 MHz**||£56|
|5 - 8 GHz||5 MHz||£17||20 MHz||£68|
|8 - 20 GHz||5 MHz||£8.50||20 MHz||£34|
Fixed site fees apply for long-term use at indoor locations.
For short term use the 48-hr tariff will apply.
Where fixed site conditions are met for temporary assignments, the cheaper of the fees will be charged.
|Use Type||Frequency Range||Typical Bandwidth||Typical Power||Annual Rate|
|Talkback||450 - 470 MHz||12.5kHz||1W||£28|
|Talkback||470 - 1000 MHz||12.5kHz||100mW||£28*|
|Talkback||470 - 1000 MHz||200kHz||100mW||£28*|
|Wireless Mic||470 - 1154 MHz||200kHz||10mW||£28*|
|*Talkback /Wireless Mic||Multi use within single TV Channel (470 – 790 MHz)||£168|
|Wireless Mic||Multi use within single 960 Channel (961 – 1154 MHz)||£84|
Carnets are a means of paying in advance for your frequency assignments.
When using a carnet, you must still apply for each assignment, just as for pay-as-you-go assignments, but you do not need to arrange payment each time.
One carnet token covers the use of one frequency assignment for 48 hours.
You can only use a carnet token for a single assignment.
Choice of frequencies
A carnet does not specify a particular frequency, but a whole frequency band: For example, a carnet token in the 2GHz to 3.5GHz band can be used to pay for an assignment of any 2GHz or 3.5GHz frequency.
It does not guarantee access to any particular frequency. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis to all customers.
If you require more frequencies than you have carnet tokens, extra frequencies can be paid for as needed; by credit card, for example. Remember, there is a minimum charge for pay-as-you-go assignments. Alternatively, another carnet can be purchased.
If you cancel an assignment made with a carnet token, the token is not 'refunded'.
A Carnet lasts until all carnet tokens have been used, and you may carry your remaining carnet tokens onto a new annual licence.
The cost of a carnet depends on the frequency band. A 60-token carnet gives a 7.5% saving on the usual 48-hr fee, and a 480-token carnet gives a 25% saving on the usual 48-hr fee.
Each carnet token represents one standard bandwidth unit, so certain requirements will use more than one carnet per assignment. e.g. a typical analogue 2.5 GHz video link has a bandwidth of 20 MHz, so uses 4 x 5MHz tokens. Each token pays for an assignment for up to 48 hrs (except on-line 2GHz).
You can now buy and view remaining carnets online; please register or login.
|Bandwidth Unit||60 Tokens/ Bandwidth Unit||480 Tokens/ Bandwidth Unit||Typical Bandwidth||Token|
|26 - 65 MHz||Talkback||12.5kHz||£153||£990||12.5kHz||11W|
|65 - 470 MHz||Talkback||12.5kHz||£472||£3060||12.5 kHz||12W|
|470 - 1000 MHz||1W links/High Power Mics||12.5kHz||£153||£990||200 kHz||13W|
|1 - 2 GHz||Video links/wireless cameras||0.5 MHz||£944||£6120||0.5 MHz||14W|
|2 - 5 GHz||Video links/wireless cameras|
|5 MHz||£1554||£10080||10 MHz||15W|
|2 GHz digital link on-line booking 12hr|| Wireless cameras|
|10 MHz||£666||£4320||10 MHz||85W|
|5 - 8 GHz||Video links/wireless cameras||5 MHz||£944||£6120||20 MHz||16W|
|8 - 20 GHz||Video links/wireless cameras||5 MHz||£472||£3060||20 MHz||17W|
|Wireless mic (10mW)||Mics and IEMS||£472||£3060||200kHz||20W|
We understand our fees can sometimes be difficult to understand so our calculators are designed to do all of the hard work for you.
Simply choose the equipment type from the list below and select your requirements from the options available.