Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE)

PMSE services encompass a range of wireless services, such as wireless cameras and microphones used in the production of live theatre and concert events as well as supporting activities such as news gathering, sports events and outside broadcasts. A wide variety of spectrum bands are currently available in Ireland for PMSE use under this licensing scheme. For temporary broadcasting in the FM / AM radio band, such as for drive-in movie services, please contact the BAI (see also Broadcasting Services)

A PMSE licence allows for the use of radio equipment at a specified location and event for the duration specified on the licence, not exceeding a maximum period of six months.

PMSE licences are available for periods of up to six months only and are non-renewable.

Guidelines

More information can be found in our guidelines document – PMSE Guidance Notes.

Application Process

To apply for a licence, applicants must login to ComReg’s online facility which is available at www.elicensing.comreg.ie

Applicants must be a ComReg account holder; if not, you can register for a ComReg account at www.elicensing.comreg.ie

Please download this document for guidance on how to use the online facility.

Fees / Fee Calculator

Licence fees are based on the quantity of equipment to be licensed.

The cost is €12 per piece of equipment plus a fixed charge of €12 for the duration of the licence. (e.g. 4 walkie talkies + 2 radio mics = 6 units +1 fixed charge = 7 x €12 = €84).

Regulations

The Regulations governing the issue of PMSE licences is the:

  • Wireless Telegraphy (Business Radio Licence) Regulations, 1949 (S.I. 320 of 1949) and subsequent amendments.

Interleaved Spectrum between 470 MHz and 694 MHz

The “Overview of Ireland’s DTT Interleaved Spectrum” document has been created as a guide for applicants wishing to apply for wireless microphones and IEMs to lookup availability within the 470 and 694 MHz band prior to submitting an application.  Spectrum availability is illustrated using three possible risk categories;

RED – HIGH RISK frequencies: High possibility of interference with DTT.

YELLOW – SMALL RISK frequencies: Small possibility of interference with DTT. 

GREEN– LOW RISK frequencies: Low Risk of interference from DTT .

The current Interleaved Spectrum between 470 MHz – 694 MHz can be viewed via the link below:

Overview of Ireland’s DTT Interleaved Spectrum.

The latest revision (July 2022) reflects the current spectrum use between 470 MHz – 694 MHz.

This document is subject to change and may be updated as required by ComReg without notice.

For further information regarding the use of the 470 MHz to 694 MHz frequency band by Broadcasting Services, see