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FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due by September 28th – 25% PENALTY for Late Payment

September 13, 2022
FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due by September 28th – 25% PENALTY for Late Payment


Annual Regulatory Fees Payable to the Federal Communications Commission Due No Later than September 28, 2022

Nearly all Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees annually to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, public service, international, policy, and rulemaking activities. The exceptions and exemptions from the annual FCC Regulatory Fee obligation are narrow and limited.  Fee amounts change each year and vary based on the type of business activity a Company is engaged in and/or the regulated services it provides.

If your Company has a 499 Filer ID, your Company will almost certainly owe annual FCC Regulatory Fees.  You should act now to determine how much is owed, confirm the accuracy of assessed fees, and make timely payment arrangements.

On September 2, 2022, the Commission released its Assessment of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FY 2022 Regulatory Fees Report and Order), available for viewing at FCC Regulatory Fees Database. This Public Notice announces the opening of the Commission’s automated filing and payment system (Fee Filer system) for FY 2022 regulatory fees.

Regulatory fee payments MUST BE RECEIVED by the Commission via the Fee Filer system no later than 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, on September 28, 2022.


  • The Commission will not mail or e-mail invoices to your Company for the regulatory fees it owes.  It is YOUR responsibility to determine the fees owed (regardless of the amount posted on the Fee Filer system).
  • Failure to pay FCC Annual Regulatory fees by the posted deadline will result in a 25% late penalty!!
  • Once a late penalty is imposed, it will be difficult (if not futile) to waive.

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan S. Marashlian at (703) 714-1313 or from the Comm Law Group.

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