Buy a rod fishing licence

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Buy a rod fishing licence for England and Wales

You can buy a 1-day, 8-day or 12-month licence online.

You’ll need:

  • a debit or credit card
  • your Blue Badge or National Insurance number, if you have a disability and you’re applying for a 12-month licence
  • the other person’s details (such as date of birth), if you’re buying for someone else

Your licence can start on any date within 30 days of the day you buy it.

Licence prices depend on the type of fish you are fishing for and the number of rods you use.

Licence type Trout and coarse up to 2-rod Trout and coarse 3-rod Salmon and sea trout
1-day £6 Not available £12
8-day £12 Not available £27
12-month £30 £45 £82
12-month - over 65 or disabled £20 £30 £54
12-month - junior (13 to 16) Free Free Free

There are no discounted prices for a 1-day or an 8-day licence.

You need different permissions or licences to fish in most of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Eligibility for disabled licences

You can get a discounted 12-month disabled licence if you have a Blue Badge or get Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (any rate).

If you’re under 16 and have a disability you can choose to have the fact you are disabled noted on your junior rod licence. This may help you prove your eligibility for discounts or assisted access at fisheries.

Give your Blue Badge or National Insurance number (or child reference number if you’re under 16) when you apply.

Other ways to buy a licence

You can also buy adult licences:

  • at a Post Office
  • by calling the Environment Agency

You cannot get a junior licence at the Post Office. You must apply online or over the phone.

Licence sales and extensions
Telephone: 0344 800 5386
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (except public holidays)
Find out about call charges

If you have not received your 12-month licence

Contact the Environment Agency if you do not get your licence within 15 working days.

Environment Agency
enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk
Telephone: 03708 506 506
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

Extend a licence

To change a 1-day or 8-day licence to a 12-month licence, call the Environment Agency within 14 days of buying it. You’ll need to buy a new licence but you’ll get a refund for the first one you bought.

Licence sales and extensions
Telephone: 0344 800 5386
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (except public holidays)
Find out about call charges

Replace a licence or update your details

Contact the Environment Agency:

  • if you have questions about your licence
  • to replace a licence
  • to update your details if you’ve changed your name or address

Environment Agency
enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk
Telephone: 03708 506 506
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
Rotherham
S60 1BY