Commercial radio licence

Who needs this licence

Commercial radio stations that are broadcasting on AM, FM, DAB, cable or satellite, including online simulcasts.

What this licence covers

This licence covers the right to:

  • broadcast and simulcast our members' music from the UK
  • provide on demand content for up to 30 days after its original broadcast
  • copy commercial works into programmes
  • copy production music into programmes and trailers
  • copy music for broadcast onto databases and servers

This is a summary of the rights covered by this licence. See the Terms and Conditions for more details, including relevant exceptions and limitations.

How we calculate the licence fee

The licence fees are calculated as a percentage of the station’s annual Net Broadcasting Revenue (NBR), plus an annual royalty fee.

Annual royalty fees*

*for year ending 30th September 2017
Annual NBR

Annual fee

Up to £108,762
Between £108,762 and £271,906
Between £271,906 and £704,367
Between £704,367 and £1,408,735
Between £1,408,735 and £3,262,867
Greater than £3,262,867

Annual royalty rate*

*for year ending 30th September 2017

Annual NBR

Royalty Rate

Between £30,360 and £704,367 3%
Between £704,367 and £1,408,736 4%

Greater than £1,408,736 


Annual minimum fee

If your station’s NBR for the year ending 30 September 2017 is less than £30,360, the fee will be £969.

Apply for a licence

Please complete the application form and email to or post to:

Radio licensing
Broadcast and Online
PRS for Music
2 Pancras Square
Kings Cross

Contact us

If you need advice or have any questions about your application, please email or call our licensing team on +44 (0)20 3741 4180.