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Licensing in New Zealand

All persons transmitting radio waves are required to have a licence to transmit, or a specific legislative exemption from licensing.

Radio licences

The majority of mobile and fixed radiocommunications services are currently licensed as radio licences.

Granting of radio licences is subject to the legislation and Government policy.

Spectrum licences

The remainder of radiocommunications and broadcasting services are licensed under a tradeable spectrum rights framework in accordance with Part II of the Radiocommunications Act.

General User Licences (GUL)

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 an individual licence in their own name. Provided the equipment meets the applicable technical standards, operates only on the allocated frequencies and meets any other requirements specified in the licence, the equipment may be freely used by anyone in New Zealand.


Licence exemptions

For radio transmitters not covered by the above licence categories an application can be made for an exemption from licensing under regulation 10 of Radiocommunications Regulations 2001. Exemptions will only be considered if, in the opinion of the Chief Executive, a radio licence is not required for the efficient and effective management of the radio spectrum.

Each application will be dealt with on its merits and in accordance with the Act and Regulations.

Contact us to find out more about eligibility for a licence exemption.


Last updated 27 June 2016