Short-Term Restricted Service Licence (RSL)

Who needs this licence

Radio stations with a Short-Term Restricted Service Licence (RSL) from Ofcom.

What this licence covers

This licence covers the right to:

  • broadcast and simulcast from the UK
  • copy commercial works into programmes
  • copy production music into programmes and trailers
  • copy our members' 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 fee for 2024 is £102, plus £58 for each day of broadcast. For example, the fee for a four-day broadcast will be £344 plus VAT. Payment must be made in advance of broadcast.

Apply for a licence

Please complete the application form, enclose a cheque for full payment and return this to:

Radio Licensing
Broadcast and Online
PRS for Music
1st Floor, Goldings House
2 Hays Lane

Applications must be made at least seven days before the first date of broadcast.


Contact us

If you need advice or have any questions about your application, please email

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