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How to ensure your licence complies

All transmissions of radio waves in New Zealand are required to be authorised by a licence. Every person who transmits radio waves otherwise than in accordance with a licence commits an offence. Note that some general conditions apply to all licences, including the requirement to grant entry to authorised inspectors, at all reasonable times to any place, premises or building for the purposes of ensuring compliance with the licence.

 

Requirements for operation under a general user licence (Radio or Spectrum)

General User Radio Licences (GURL) and General User Spectrum Licences (GUSL) provide for certain classes of radio transmitter to be used without the need for the owner to obtain a licence in their own name. Provided the equipment meets the applicable technical standards, operates only on the allocated frequencies and meets all other requirements specified in the licence; it may be used by anyone.

 

Requirements for radio licence holders

Holders of radio licences must conform to all the parameters and conditions contained in the licence. These details can be located in the Register of Radio Frequencies (the Register).

Radio licences are subject to annual fees. Although no expiry date may appear on the licence, failure to pay the annual fee will result in the licence being revoked. Continued use of a radio service after the licence is revoked is an offence.

To reinstate a licence after it has been revoked will require the services of an approved radio engineer (ARE) or certifier (ARC) who will charge fees for their services. Additionally there is no guarantee the same frequency will still be available.

 

Requirements for spectrum licence holders

Holders of spectrum licences must conform to all the parameters and conditions contained in the licence. These details can be located in the Register.

Spectrum licences are granted for periods up to 20 years and also require payment of an annual fee. Failure to pay the fee will result in the licence being revoked. Continued use of a radio service after the licence is revoked is an offence.

To reinstate a licence after it has been revoked will require the services of an ARE who will charge fees for their services. Additionally there is no guarantee the same frequency will still be available.

 

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Last updated 6 March 2015