Ofcom Short Term Restricted Service Licences (SRSLs) During May and June 2018

Ofcom has today outlined the application process for SRSLs to provide a radio service between 12 May and 16 June 2018 (inclusive).

Ramadan falls within this period, and Ofcom expects to receive a large number of applications to run radio stations at this time.

Due to the high demand for SRSLs in some locations in the UK, and the limited FM frequencies available, Ofcom expects to allocate licences by way of a draw.

The large number of applications Ofcom expects to receive also makes it impractical to accept applications on the usual ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Applicants wishing to provide a service between 12 May and 16 June 2018 are therefore invited to submit their application between 13 November and 17 November 2017.

An 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.

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