Citizen Band Radio GURL

With this licence you can own and operate Citizen Band (CB) radios (also known as Personal Radio Service or PRS) — and communicate with other people over short distances — without the need to get a licence in your own name or pay licence fees.

About this General User Radio Licence (GURL)

The licence you operate under is a General User Radio Licence (GURL). This means you can transmit without the need to get a licence in your own name, or pay licence fees.

You share the radio channels with all other people who are using their CB or PRS radios at the same time as you.

For the terms and conditions and operating frequencies for this GURL, see the Gazette notice(external link).

Licence number

You can search for this GURL licence in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF) under Licence number 228151. The licence is for use in the CB (26 MHz and 27 MHz) and the PRS (477 MHz) bands.

Search the RRF(external link)

Fees

$0.00 — there's no fee for a General User Radio Licence (GURL). All fees associated with this licence are paid for by Radio Spectrum Management (RSM).

Your responsibilities

You must follow the technical parameters of the licence, which include operating on a permitted frequency using the correct emission, and up to the maximum power.

You must not operate in a way that causes interference to other radio services. If you cause interference to other licensed services, you must stop transmitting.

Your equipment

Your equipment must comply with the relevant radio standards and relevant technical parameters for this licence.

Compliance labelling

If you bought your equipment in New Zealand, and it's labelled with an RSM-approved RCM mark or R-NZ label, you can start using it immediately. If it's not labelled with an RCM mark or R-NZ label, go back to your supplier and get New Zealand approved equipment.

If you bought your equipment online or overseas, you may not be able to set it up to operate on New Zealand frequencies. Go go back to your supplier and ask for equipment with an approved RCM mark or R-NZ label.