Planning permission: Difference between revisions

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(Importing Wikidata short description: "Government permission required for construction or expansion" (Shortdesc helper))
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As part of [[broadcast law]], the term is also used in [[broadcasting]], where individual [[radio station|radio]] and [[television station]]s typically must apply for and receive permission to construct [[Radio masts and towers|radio tower]]s and [[radio antenna]]s. This type of permit is issued by a national broadcasting authority, but does ''not'' imply [[zoning]] any other permission that must be given by [[local government]]. The permit itself also does not necessarily imply permission to operate the station once constructed. In the U.S., a construction permit is valid for three years. Afterwards, the station must receive a full license to operate, which is good for seven years.<ref>[http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/help?topic=cp Construction Permits] Radio-Locator.com</ref> This is provided by a separate [[broadcast license]], also called a "license to cover" by the [[Federal Communications Commission]] (FCC) in the United States. Further permission or registration for [[tower]]s may be needed from [[aviation]] authorities.
 
In the U.S., construction permits for new commercial stations are now assigned by auction, rather than the former process of determining who would serve the [[community of license]] best. If the given [[frequency allocation]] is sought by at least one [[non-commercial educational]] (NCE) applicant, or is on an NCE-reserved TV channel or in the [[FM broadcasting|FM]] reserved band, the comparative process still takes place, though the FCC refuses to consider which [[radio format]] the applicants propose.
 
In Canada, the [[Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission]] maintains a comparative process in issuing permits, ensuring that a variety of programming is available in each area, and that as many groups as possible have access to [[free speech]] over [[radio waves]].