Cancel a spectrum licence — Rightholder

You can cancel a spectrum licence online in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF) provided you have the correct authority. You can do this using the online Form 10 — Notice of cancellation of spectrum licence.

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When to cancel

If possible, it's best to cancel unwanted licences before renewing your licences, so that you don't pay for them.

Before cancelling your licence

You must have the correct role assigned to your logon. Only the roles stated in the conditions of the licence are authorised to cancel a spectrum licence. These are either:

  • Rightholder alone
  • Manager alone
  • Rightholder and Manager together
  • Rightholder or Manager.

You can find the spectrum licence authorisations under the licence conditions in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF). As Rightholder you cannot cancel licences with Manager alone authorisation.

How to cancel your spectrum licence

  1. Logon to the RRF using your Rightholder username and password. Logon to the RRF(external link)
  2. Select Spectrum Forms > Cancel Spectrum Licence from the menu. This opens the Search Licence to Cancel screen.
  3. Choose an option to select:
    • [Search] to view all your spectrum licences, or
    • enter the relevant licence number or other search criteria and select [Search].
  4. Click the radio button next to the licence number you want to cancel and [Select]. This will open the online Form 10 with the relevant options based on the licence's authorisations.
  5. Choose an option to select:
    • [Notify Manager] to send your request to the spectrum band manager to approve the cancellation, or
    • [Submit Form 10] to send the form to the Registrar for cancellation and click OK. 
  6. Select [Back] to continue cancelling more licences or log out.
  7. We'll send you an email when the licence is cancelled.
    • If any fees are due for renewal, they will be cancelled and removed from your list of licences.
    • If an invoice exists for the fees, a credit note is created and emailed to the relevant party.

A Form 10 Notice of cancellation of spectrum licence is not valid until registered in the RRF.

You need to submit a separate Form 10 for each spectrum licence you want to cancel.

You can't reactivate a spectrum licence once it's cancelled.