Living & Housing Public Service Broadcasting Licence Fee

For € 17.50 per month, the licence fee covers all public service broadcasting programmes (ARD, ZDF, Germany Radio) and is only paid once per residence.

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That means:

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

It is irrelevant how many TVs, radios or computers there are at a residence.

The fee model exempts those receiving social welfare payments which are dependent on income. They can apply for an exemption. People with disabilities pay a reduced fee.

Further information regarding exemptions and reductions as well as the corresponding application forms (only in German) can be found online at www.rundfunkbeitrag.de.

See also the PDF brochure: Licence Fee for Citizens.