Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Housing Public Service Broadcasting Licence Fee

This mandatory licence fee is paid only once per residence and covers all public service broadcasting programmes.

Public Service Broadcasting Licence Fee - Hamburg Welcome Portal

What is the fee paid for?

Every household and office in Germany is legally obliged to pay a monthly public broadcasting license fee, the so-called "Rundfunkbeitrag". The fee helps to finance public service broadcasting programmes on television, radio stations and the internet. 

How high is the fee?

The fee is currently set at €17,50 per month and is mandatory for everyone with a registered address in Germany.

When do I have to pay?

The fee is only paid once per household, regardless of the amount of TVs or radios they own and whether or not they ever use public broadcasting.

  • 1 person in an apartment = 1 licence fee
  • 1 family in an apartment =  1 licence fee
  • 1 flatshare = 1 licence fee

After registering your residence with the city, you can expect an invoice in your mailbox within a few weeks.

Recipients of social welfare can apply for an exemption. People with disabilities pay a reduced fee. Further information can be found on the website of ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice.