9.7 Broadcasting licence fee

As of 1 January 2013, a new broadcasting licence fee (Rundfunkbeitrag) was introduced. According to the regulation, a fixed amount of € 17.50 per flat (not per person and device as before) has to be paid monthly, irrespective of the number of residents. People with disabilities (classified “RF” in their Disability Pass) only have to pay one third of the licence fee (€ 5.83). Deaf-blind and blind people have the possibility to apply for an exemption from the charge. Also, people who receive social benefits or BAföG (► 8.1.3) can request an exemption with the relevant evidence.

Further information:

ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio
50656 Köln

Website: www.rundfunkbeitrag.de