Permit Construction Deadline Waivers Available for Some FM Translators

Posted on September 30th, 2020 by

The FCC has announced that it will consider COVID-19 related requests for waiver of the expiration date for certain FM translator construction permits that were awarded as part of Auction 99 or 100.

Permits expiring on or before June 30, 2021 are eligible to apply now for a 6-month waiver of the deadline.  The procedure for seeking the request is easy enough (email a letter requesting the waiver to or  However, simply stating that COVID-19 has caused financial difficulties or loss of revenue will not be enough.  A showing must be made that demonstrates the impact of the pandemic on the permittee, and may include such evidence as financial statements demonstrating the pandemic’s economic impact; affidavits or other evidence of the unavailability of components or tower crews, or copies of equipment orders and delays.