Licensing

Licensing Overview

Licensing in the electronic communications sector (ECS) is required for any entity or individual seeking to establish, maintain and operate a network or provide carriage services; or any individual seeking to operate an amateur radio service – reciprocal or local – in The Bahamas.

URCA provides operating and spectrum licenses, which may be issued on either an individual or class basis. Registration, as prescribed by URCA, may be required for some Class licenses. For more detail on the various types of license and exemptions you may download the relevant document link below:

How to Apply

Application requirements may vary depending on whether the applicant is a company or a sole trader. To help guide you through the application process, URCA licensing guidelines are available.

URCA and/or Government fees may apply. Completed application forms must be submitted along with the relevant application fees, to:

	Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority
	UBS Annex Building
	East Bay Street
	P. O. Box N - 4860
	Nassau, The Bahamas
	

Application Forms

If you are a prospective applicant seeking to establish, maintain and operate a network or provide carriage services, please complete, Licence Application Form Numbered ECS 2/2011.

If you are a prospective applicant seeking to operate an amateur radio service – reciprocal or local – in The Bahamas, please complete, Licence Application Form Numbered ECS 3/2011.

Fees & Other Charges

If you are an URCA licensee or a new applicant, one or more of the following fees may apply.

  • URCA Fees & Charges:
    • Application/Administrative Fee
    • Annual Operations Licence Fee
    • URCA Publications Charge
  • Communications Licence Fee
  • Tribunal Fee
  • Spectrum Fee

Communications and Spectrum fees are payable to the Government of The Bahamas. URCA’s role in facilitating these payments is limited to billing and collection functions. Similarly, and once a fee amount is determined by the Registrar of the Tribunal, URCA will invoice and collect such fee payment on behalf of the Utilities Appeal Tribunal.

Fee Payment Methods

Fees and charges may be paid by cheque or money order, credit card or bank transfer/wire. URCA does not accept cash payments.

To pay by credit card, please download the following authorisation information

URCA & Government Fee Payments

To pay URCA fees by bank transfer/wire, please download the following instructions

URCA & Government Fee Payments

To pay Bahamas Government fees by bank transfer/wire, please download the following instructions

URCA & Government Fee Payments

Public Register of Licensees

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) maintains a public register of all individual licensees, including named licensees and relevant subsidiary undertakings and all registered class licensees. The register is kept current with regular updates.

A copy of this Public Register may be obtained via the following link or by visiting URCA’s offices in the UBS Annex Building, East Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Public Register of Individual and Registered Class Licensees