FCC application filing fees for commercial FM facilities

Updated 3/19/2021

The following are the fees that are paid to the Federal Communications Commission for applications in various commercial FM broadcast services.  These are the Fiscal Year 2018 fees that are an effect as of September 4, 2018.

New FCC fee structure and fees as a result of MD Docket 20-270 (implementation of the RAYBAUMS Act) begin on April 19, 2021.  Those fees are also shown.  We don't know exactly when the new fees will actually be implemented.  The FCC should issue a public notice when that does happen.

LPFM and NCE FM stations (primary stations, translators and boosters)

NO FCC FEES.  Federal law prohibits the FCC from charging filing fees to non-commercial educational (NCE) broadcasting services.

Commercial Full Service FM stations

  Fee New Fee
Original or Major Change Construction Permit (no auction involved) $3,975/application $3,295
Original or Major Change Construction Permit (if an auction is involved, includes consolidated long and short form fees) N/A $3,870
Minor change $1,110/application $1,265
Main Studio Request  (Main studio fee was eliminated in MD 20-270) $1,110/request N/.A
License To Cover $225/application $235
Directional Antenna (paid if the License to Cover application includes a directional antenna that requires a proof of performance) $695/application $630
License Renewal $200/application $325
Assignment/Transfer of Control - long form $1,110/station $1,005
Assignment/Transfer of Control - short form $160/station $425
Call Sign $110/application $170
Special Temporary Authority (Fees do not apply for stations filing silent authority to to extend silent authority) $200/application $210
Petition for Rulemaking for New Community of License or Higher Class Channel. Fee is in addition to minor change or license to cover fees. $3,065/petition $3,180
Ownership Report $70/application $85

FM Translators Operating Commercially

  Fee New Fee
Original or Major Change Construction Permit (if no auction) $835/application $705
Original or Major Change Construction Permit (if auction is involved, includes consolidated long and short form fee) N/A $1,280
Minor Modification Construction Permit N/A $210
License to Cover $170/application $180
License Renewal $70/application $175
Special Temporary Authority (Fees do not apply for stations filing silent authority to to extend silent authority) $200/application $170
License Assignment/Transfer of Control (long and short forms) $160/station $290

FM Booster Stations Operating Commercially

  Fee New Fee
Original Construction Permit $835/application $705
Minor Modification Construction Permit N/A N/A
License to Cover $170/application $180
Special Temporary Authority (Fees do not apply for stations filing silent authority to to extend silent authority) $200/application $170
License Renewal   $175

For more information on application filing fees see:
https://www.fcc.gov/licensing-databases/fees/application-processing-fees

For information on annual regulatory fees that apply to all commercial broadcast facilities, see:
https://www.fcc.gov/licensing-databases/fees/regulatory-fees

Again, non-commercial broadcast facilities including Low Power FM (LPFM) are not required to pay any application or regulatory fees to the FCC.