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Broadcasting fee in the private sector Registration

As an adult you have to pay a broadcasting fee for your apartment.

If another person already pays a broadcasting fee for your apartment, you are exempt from payment.

You must register your apartment with the competent authority. All you need to do is send an informal letter to the responsible office or you can use the online registration on the Internet.

The responsibility lies with the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradion contribution service.

  • Adult citizen
  • informal letter by post or
  • completed registration form on the Internet

Contribution: 5,83 EUR
Payment in advance: No
reduced broadcasting fee (monthly)

Contribution: 17,50 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Broadcasting fee (monthly)

Start of the obligation to contribute

The obligation to pay contributions begins on the first day of the month in which you first occupy an apartment.

This means:

  • live there,
  • or are registered there,
  • or are named as tenants in the rental agreement.

End of contribution obligation

The obligation to contribute ends at the end of the month in which this is notified. The prerequisite is that the tenancy has ended at that time and the residents have moved out.

Special regulations apply to companies, institutions and self-employed persons.

Further explanations about the broadcasting fee can be found in the joint offer of the responsible authority.

There is no obligation to pay contributions for a vacant apartment. Prerequisite is:

  • that it is not inhabited by anyone, and
  • for which there is no rental agreement and
  • for which no person is registered at the Residents' Registration Office.

For more information:


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competent Bodies

ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice
Address: 50656 Köln, Stadt
Telephone: +49 185 9995-0100
Fax: +49 185 9995-0105

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)