The BAI is responsible for the licensing of independent radio broadcasting services in Ireland and Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 sets out the mechanism by which the BAI shall undertake the licensing process for commercial, community temporary and institutional radio services.  This section of the web-site details current licensing work being undertaken, having regard to the most up to date licensing plans.

The Broadcasting Services Strategy

The Broadcasting Services Strategy outlines the Authority’s vision for the optimum mix of broadcasting services and sets out how the Authority will apply its statutory functions and regulatory practices over the lifetime of the strategy, in order to facilitate the realisation of that vision.

See the BAI Media Release about the launch of the Strategy

Commercial & Community Radio Licensing

The BAI published its most recent Radio Licensing Plan in August 2015.  In this plan, the BAI has set out the number, type and scope of contracts that it proposes to enter into, on the recommendation of the BAI Contract Awards Committee.

The table below provides details of all the services contained in the current plan, together with the relevant documents for each stage in the licensing process available to download.

 Service Type  Franchise Area  Target Audience  Public Notices Guides  Forms
Special Interest (Speech) Dublin City Local Community Public Notice Guide to Submissions Application Form
Commercial-Speech/News Quasi-national All Adults 25+ Public Notice Guide to Expression of Interest Expression of Interest Form
Music-driven (Alternative Rock) Dublin City and County 15-34 year olds Public Notice Guide to Expression of Interest Expression of Interest Form
Community (new) Kilkenny City & its Environs Local Community
Community Lucan &
its Environs
Local Community
Community Claremorris &
its Environs
Local Community


Section 71 Content Provision Contract

Section 71 of the Act provides that a Content Provision Contract is required by a person who wishes to supply a compilation of programme material for the purpose of inclusion as part of a multiplex, or for the purpose of its being transmitted as a broadcasting service in the State, part of the State or elsewhere by means of an electronic communications network including a satellite network, an MMD system, a fixed or mobile terrestrial network, a cable television network, an internet protocol television network, or any other form of electronic communications network.

Download a copy of the Guide for Applicants - Section 71 Content Provision Contract

Temporary Radio Licensing

Section 68 (1) of the Broadcasting Act 2009 allows the Authority to enter into a sound broadcasting contract with an applicant for a period of up to 30 days in a 12 month period. Additionally, if the application is for a community sound broadcasting contract, the Authority may enter into a contract for up to 100 days.

Further information about Temporary Radio Licensing and how to apply for a licence can be obtained here

Institutional Radio Licensing

Section 68(2) of the Broadcasting Act 2009, provides that the Authority, on the recommendation of the Contract Awards Committee, may enter into a sound broadcasting contract with an applicant for the provision of a low-powered sound broadcasting service which is intended to serve only such single educational institution, hospital, or other similar establishment as may be specified in the contract. The term of these contracts ranges from one up to ten years.

Download:Guide to Submissions – Institutional Radio (PDF Version) January 2013

Download:Guide to Submissions – Institutional Radio (Word Version) January 2013

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