Main online licence types

To find out which licence type applies to your service please review the licence details below.

Small Webcaster Licence

This licence is for an online radio station or simulcast where the audience cannot change their listening experience by, for example, skipping tracks or pausing the broadcast.

The service must have revenues of less than £5,000 a year and no more than 270,000 performances* each year.

*One performance is when one user streams one track as part of the service.

How much does this licence cost?
The 2019 fee is £226 (plus VAT). Any service launching after 1 January will initially pay a pro-rated fee for period from its start date to 31 December.

All Small Webcaster licensees must provide quarterly reports detailing the amount of time the service has been listened to and the average number of tracks played per hour.

Learn more about the reporting requirements or download a quick guide to fees.

Apply online for a PPL Small Webcaster Licence

Standard Webcaster Licence (Non-commercial)

This licence is for an online radio station or simulcast where the audience cannot change their listening experience by, for example, skipping tracks or pausing the broadcast.

The service must have revenues of less than £5,000 a year. There are no limits on the number of performances* the service can generate.

*One performance is when one user streams one track as part of the service.

How much does this licence cost?
Fees include a non-returnable advance of £429 (plus VAT) per channel per calendar year, recoupable against a rate per performance of £0.000836 (0.0836p). If your radio station is available in multiple territories, an administrative fee of £64 (plus VAT) per calendar year is also payable. Any station launching after 1 January in any given calendar year will initially pay a pro-rated fee for the period from its start date to 31 December.

All Standard Webcaster (Non-commercial) licensees must provide quarterly reports detailing the amount of time the service has been listened to, the amount of listening in each territory covered under the licence, and the average number of tracks played per hour.

Learn more about the reporting requirements or download a quick guide to fees.

Apply online for a PPL Standard Webcaster Licence (Non-commercial)

Standard Webcaster Licence (Commercial)

This licence is for an online radio station or simulcast where the listener cannot change their listening experience by, for example, skipping tracks or pausing the broadcast.

Covers services with revenues of more than £5,000 a year. There are no limits on the number of performances* the service can generate.

*One performance is when one user streams one track as part of the service.

How much does this licence cost?
Fees include a non-returnable advance of £739 (plus VAT) per channel per calendar year, recoupable against a rate per performance of £0.000836 (0.0836p). If your radio is available in multiple territories, an administrative fee of £107 (plus VAT) per calendar year is also payable. Any station launching after 1 January in any given calendar year will initially pay a pro-rated fee for the period from its start date to 31 December.

All Standard Webcaster (Commercial) licensees must provide quarterly reports detailing what music has been played, the total amount of time the service has been listened to, the amount of such listening in each territory covered under the licence, and the average number of tracks played per hour.

Learn more about the reporting requirements or download a quick guide to fees.

Apply online for a PPL Standard Webcaster Licence (Commercial)

Other online licence types

Service typeDetailsHow much does
this licence cost?
Customised radio serviceA customised online radio service is where a listener cannot control which track they listen to but can skip to the next track or pause the webcast.
We assess licence requests on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us at radiobroadcasting@ppluk.com for more information.
On-demand programme streamingThese programmes are non-downloadable audio programmes made available on a website for listeners to stream when they want (for example, ‘listen again’ services).We assess licence requests on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us at radiobroadcasting@ppluk.com for more information.
On-demand clips of recorded musicThese clips are non-downloadable 30-second clips of recorded music made available on a website for listeners to stream when they want (for example, within an online learning aid, blog or review site).
Fees are £127 (plus VAT) per year for the use of 1 to 250 clips, or £508 (plus VAT) per year for the use of 251 to 1,000 clips.*

If your service streams no more than 1,000 clips, you can purchase your licence online.

*If you are planning to use more than 1,000 clips, please contact us at radiobroadcasting@ppluk.com.

Purchasing your licence online

Payment can be made by Direct Debit, credit or debit card or by BACS if you request an invoice.

Types of online music use that PPL does not license

We do not license music services that offer downloads or on-demand streams of individual music tracks, such as Spotify and Apple Music, or services that enable the upload of content by the general public, such as YouTube and Facebook.

We do not license any of the following:

  • On-demand streaming and/or downloads of full individual music tracks and/or albums
    Permanent downloads containing full music tracks, including podcasts
  • Streaming services with ‘shuffle’ functionality that enables random playback of music tracks
  • Unlimited music track skipping functionality
  • User upload services

If you are using music in any of the ways set out above, you will need to contact the recording rightsholder(s) (e.g. the record label owning that track) to seek a direct licence.

Contact us

For any enquiries, please contact our Broadcast Licensing team.

radiobroadcasting@ppluk.com

020 7534 1427