- One fee only must be paid by each household. All adults in this household are jointly liable for this fee.
- There is now one flat fee; a distinction is no longer made between a radio and/or television reception fee. A new feature is that the obligation to pay the fee is no longer dependent on whether equipment which makes it possible to receive radio or television programme services (radios or TV sets, smartphones, tablets or computers with internet access) is present.
- Someone who does not have a principal residence in Switzerland, and for whom the household constitutes their secondary residence, must pay the fee.
- Legal basis: Art. 69 and 69a of the Federal Radio and Television Act (RTVA; CC 784.40)
The universal fee system for private and collective households
The fee is being levied regardless of equipment. All private and collective households must in principle pay the universal fee. For a transitional period of 5 years, however, it will be possible to be exempted from paying the fee (see also FAQ's under Opting-out).
a) For a private household CHF 365
b) For a collective household (Old-age and nursing homes, hostels, penal institutions, boarding schools, asylum accommodation, etc.) CHF 730
c) For businesses, a graduated system of tariffs applies
In all the country’s different language regions it will enable a diversified, equivalent offering of programme services to be provided. The largest part of the fee will go to the SSR-SRG, but local radio and television broadcasters from all the language regions will benefit from it.
Collective households are, for example, old people's homes and nursing homes, hospitals, student hostels, prisons, etc. Article 2 of the Register Harmonization Ordinance (RHO; CC 431.021) lists definitively the types of collective households. A collective household pays a household fee of CHF 730 annually. The body responsible for the collective household is responsible for payment of the fee.
If a collective household is subject to value-added tax and if it has an annual turnover of at least CHF 500,000, it is additionally subject to the business fee.
Obligation to pay the fee
Yes. A reduction of the fee is not provided for in law. The fee is in principle independent of the presence of receiving equipment (radio or television equipment) in the household.
Yes. Every household has to pay the fee regardless of which radio and/or television programme services are consumed.
Yes. The new obligation to pay the fee is device-independent. Households which have no possibility of receiving radio or television programme services can arrange to be exempted from payment of the fee for five years.
Registration and exemption
No. Every household will automatically receive a bill from Serafe.
No. For billing, the collection agency, Serafe, uses data provided from the residents' registers of the cantons and municipalities. If you move house, it is important that you communicate this information to your residents' register office immediately.
Private households in which a person lives,
- who receives annual supplementary benefits relating to the AHV or IV pensions;
- who has a Federal Department of Foreign Affairs identity card (Art. 61 para. 3 RTVO);
- who is deaf-blind (if no person obliged to pay the fee is a member of the household).
There is also an Opting-out option for those households in which there are no means of reception (for either radio or television).
Recipients of annual supplementary benefits associated with AHV or IV pensions are exempt for a maximum of five years retroactively from the commencement of receipt of supplementary benefits (but from the time of introduction of the household fee on 1 January 2019 at the earliest).
No, data on the persons who receive annual supplementary benefits to the old age, survivors and invalidity insurance have been transmitted from Billag to Serafe. Exempted households in the old system will not receive an invoice and do not have to do anything.
No, only persons who receive annual supplementary benefits associated with old age, survivors and invalidity insurance can be exempted from the fee. The exemption applies to this person's household. In the case of social benefits, the fee for radio and television, like the current reception fee, is included in the in the basic needs used to derive subsistence.
No. An old people's home or care home is considered to be a collective household, which has to pay the collective household fee for its members. The fee is therefore paid directly by the home.
No. The fee paid by a household applies to the main residence but also to a secondary residence, whether it is used by one or more household members.
(Exception: If a person's main residence is abroad, they have to pay the fee for their secondary residence in Switzerland).
No. The fee has to be paid only for one's main residence. Members of this household who live for a number of days a week in a different location do not have to pay the fee twice.
Yes, you will get be reimbursed the amount for this period. Here's how it works: the residents' registration office will inform Serafe of the household's deregistration and of your emigration. To receive the refund of the amount, inform Serafe of your bank account details.
Not in principle. Only people who deregister their place of residence in Switzerland and move abroad receive a refund. If a place of residence in Switzerland is maintained, there is no exemption from the fee.
No. Someone who goes abroad only temporarily and who does not cease to reside in Switzerland continues to be liable for the fee with Serafe AG.
The only persons who do not have to pay the fee are those who do not have a principal residence or a secondary residence in Switzerland.
Today reception equipment can no longer be allocated unambiguously to one specific individual intended purpose, as was previously the case for a radio, a television set or a telephone. Therefore both Parliament and the voters in the referendum in 2015 approved a device-independent fee.
Last modification 16.04.2019