Regulations relating to television receivers

Legal authority: Stipulated by the Board of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) on 23 October 1980, pursuant to Act No. 127 of 4 December 1992 relating to Broadcasting, Section 8-1 second subsection and Section 8-3 fourth and fifth subsection. (Previous legal authority: Act No. 36 of 13 June 1980, Section 21 no 2 and Section 23 Nos. 3 and 4).

Amendments: Amended in regulations No. 229 of 24 January 1984, No. 285 of 21 March 1988, No. 1273 of 22 December 1989, No. 235 of 19 February 1997, No. 844 of 4 July 2007, No. 626 of 22 May 2009.

Section 1. Duty to pay
Anyone who owns (or borrows/rents) a television receiver has a duty to pay the prevailing television licence fee as determined by the Parliament (Stortinget).

For video recorders combined with a tuner (receiver) the same licence fee is payable as for colour television receivers.

The broadcasting card constitutes the receipt for a paid licence fee.

Section 2. Payment of the TV licence fee

The television licence fee is paid for six months at a time. The licence fee for the period 1 January – 30 June falls due on 31 January. The licence fee for the period 1 July to 31 December falls due on 31 July.1.

Liability to pay the licence fee becomes effective in the month following the one in which the receiver was acquired/brought into use. For a new licensee, the annual term of the television licence fee will be reduced by each month the new subscriber has not been in possession of a television receiver, also counting the month in which the television receiver was acquired.

The licence fee is payable even if the receiver is used only infrequently. The same applies if the receiver has been out of order or out of operation due to power cuts, poor receiving conditions etc., or if the receiver is used only once.

- Amended in regulation Nos. 235 of 19 February 1997, 844 of 4 July 2007 (with immediate entry into force, effective as of the collection of the fee for the second term of 2007).

1
Re. entry into force of the amendment of 4 July 2007, the following transitional rule applies relative to Section 2, first subsection: In 2007 the licence fee is payable in two instalments. Fee for the period of 1 March until 31 August falls due 1 March, and the fee for the period 1 September until 31 December falls due 1 September.

Section 3. Additional charges

a) anyone who has not paid the TV licence on the due date,

b) anyone who has reported that they will not renew their broadcasting card, but nevertheless makes use of, or has an installed receiver without paying for a new card,

c) anyone who has a receiver without being registered at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK),

d) anyone who makes use of or has an installed receiver, which is not covered by his/her broadcasting card according to the regulations,

e) anyone who omits to submit such notice as mentioned in Section 6,
may be ordered to pay an additional charge on top of the ordinary licence fee.
The above applies even if a payment charge has not been received for reasons that are outside NRK’s control. The additional charge is determined by the Parliament (Stortinget).


Section 4. Several receivers on one broadcasting card

A television licence must be paid for each receiver (including branches to separate screens). Exemptions are made in the following cases:

I
Receivers that are used solely by the card holder/fee payer personally, or his/her spouse or other members of the household that are fully provided for by him/her, provided that the receivers are located in the residence (including cabin, holiday home, etc.) or are taken along for a temporary stay outside the home. Those receiving a pension, social security benefits, benefits derived from a surrendered property or a student loan, is not deemed to be provided for by others.

II
Only one television licence per institution is payable for television receivers in the following institutions:

a) hospitals

b) retirement homes, nursing homes and combined retirement/nursing homes, provided the home is one common household,

c) orphanages,

d) asylum centres,

e) other institutions of a similar nature, when there are special reasons at hand,

f) penal institutions,

g) day-care centres, primary schools and secondary schools, on the condition that the receivers are to be used as part of the tuition only.

The exemptions from this provision doe not apply to television receivers used by employees.

III

For television receivers onboard Norwegian ships (including fishing boats), a television licence is payable, regardless of the geographic location of the vessel. One card in the ship’s name will suffice. The same provision applies to drilling rigs and similar.

IV
Hotels etc. with more than one television receiver may have up to 10 receivers per broadcasting card for colour television, provided the receivers are located in hotel rooms used only by occasional guests. For all other receivers, a broadcasting card is required for black and white and/or colour television receivers.

- Amended in Regulations No. 626 of 22 May 2009 (entry into force 1 January 2010).


Section 5. Exemption from payment of television licence fee (licence exemption)


I
The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation AS may grant a TV licence exemption for one year at a time for the following:

a)
foreign diplomats, posted consular servants, and posted non-diplomatic staff at a foreign mission,

b)
members of the NRK broadcasting counsel and – on certain conditions – public servants in the NRK,

c)
people in positions equal to those listed under a) and b) above, and who qualify for an exemption under special circumstances,

d)
people with severe and permanent physical disabilities that makes it hard for them to get about outside their homes, and whose economic circumstances make it difficult for them to pay the licence fee. If the applicant belongs to a household it is a condition that nobody else in the household has the financial means to pay the fee either.

II
Also exempt from paying the licence fee are people who are resident abroad, and who are visiting Norway and who are bringing their own television receivers or acquire a receiver, when their duration of stay in Norway is no more than three months.

III
Seamen in the foreign trade, peace corps volunteers or similar, may, when staying in Norway for no longer than a period of three months per year, be exempt from paying a TV licence for a receiver which is unused for the remainder of the year.

- Amended in Regulations no. 626 of 22 May 2009 (entry into force 1 January 2010).

Section 6. Duty to report

Anyone who acquires, puts into use or has any television receivers, must report this to the NRK immediately.

Anyone who has television receivers in a vessel/vehicle on professional business, must submit notification for each vessel/vehicle that is equipped with a receiver.

Anyone who acquires a colour television receiver is obliged to report this even if a licence has already been paid for a black and white receiver.

When a receiver has been acquired from a radio vendor there is no need for a report, unless three months have passed since the acquisition and no notice of payment for the licence has been received from the NRK.

Section 7. Transfer

Anyone who transfers a television receiver by means of selling (including at auction), gift or otherwise, renting out or lending, must immediately notify the NRK in writing of whom the receiver has been transferred to.

Anyone who fails to submit such notice may be ordered to pay a surcharge, which will be set by the Parliament (Stortinget).

Re. selling or letting out receivers on a professional basis, separate regulations apply.

Section 8. Change of address

Change of address must be reported to the NRK as soon as possible. This does not apply to temporary changes of address, such as during holidays and equivalent.

Section 9. Receiver unused

When a receiver is no longer in use, written notification must be submitted to the NRK at once and in advance of a new term. Failing to do so means the licence must be paid as prescribed.

There will be no refund granted on a prepaid television licence.
If there is a wish to keep the television receiver, the notification must include a statement that the receiver has been put away and will not be put back into use before the NRK has been notified of this, cf. Section 6.

Should the NRK so wish, the corporation shall be permitted to seal the receiver and/or the antenna connection.

- Amended in regulation No. 844of 4 July 2007 (with immediate entry into force, effective as of the collection of the second term of the 2007 TV licence).

Section 10. Controls

The broadcasting card must be displayed when this is requested by an inspector from the NRK. The latter will carry a photo ID.

Section 11. Penalties

Intentional or negligent infringement of the provisions of these regulations, or complicity thereto, will be liable to penalties, cf. Section 29 in Act no 36 relating to Broadcasting, of 13 June 1980.

Section 12. Entry into force

These regulations become effective as of 1 June 1981. On the same date the provisions relating to receivers etc. as stipulated by the NRK on 6 December 1958 and regulations relating to radio receivers stipulated by the NRK on 24 January 1949 are repealed.


1 January 2010.

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