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Coarse angling licences and permits available

There are different Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) licences and permits available to anglers, including three-day, fourteen-day and full season. Read about the licences and permits available.

DCAL coarse rod licences and permits

A licence is required by law to fish in the DCAL areas of Northern Ireland and a permit is required by law to fish in the Public Angling Estate fisheries. All game licences and permits cover coarse fishing with one rod. You can buy original and replacement DCAL coarse rod licences and permits online.

Buy DCAL rod licences and permits (DCAL website)

DCAL licences and permits are also available from appointed distributors throughout Northern Ireland or by contacting the Inland Fisheries Group directly.

Season coarse fishing rod licence and permit

This licence and permit is valid from January to December and allows you to fish for coarse with two rods only at any one time. If you wish to use more than two rods, you must buy another coarse rod licence or permit, or both.

Juvenile season licence and permit

The juvenile licence is required by any angler aged between 12 and 18 years old.

The juvenile permit is required by anglers aged 18 years and under. It is valid from January to December and will allow you to fish for coarse with two rods only at any one time. If you wish to use more than two rods, you must buy another coarse rod licence or permit, or both.

The juvenile permit also allows you to fish for game (only within the game open season) with one rod at any one time.

Concessionary season licence and permit for aged 60 and over

This licence and permit is available for anglers aged 60 years and over and is valid from January to December. It will allow you to fish for coarse with two rods only at any one time. If you wish to use more than two rods then you must buy another coarse rod licence or permit or both.

The concessionary permit also allows you to fish for game (only within the game open season) with one rod at any one time.

Concessionary season licence and permit for anglers with a disability

This licence and permit is valid from January to December. It will allow you to fish for coarse with one rod only at any one time. If you wish to use two rods, you must buy another full game rod licence or permit or both.The concessionary permit also allows you to fish for game (only within the game open season) with one rod at any one time.

This licence and permit is available for anglers who receive one of the following allowances:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • War Disablement Pension
  • Severe Disablement Allowance

These are only available from DCAL and can take up to two weeks to process. Allow plenty of time before you plan to go fishing.

Fourteen-day coarse fishing rod licence and permit

This licence and permit is valid for 14 consecutive days and cannot be split into different days in different weeks. It will allow you to fish for coarse with two rods only at any one time. If you wish to use more than two rods, you must buy another coarse rod licence or permit or both.

Three-day coarse fishing rod licence and permit

This licence and permit is valid for three consecutive days and cannot be split into different days in different weeks. It will allow you to fish for coarse with two rods only at any one time. If you wish to use more than two rods then you must buy another coarse rod licence or permit or both.

Joint 14-day coarse fishing rod licence and permit

This is a joint licence and permit and is valid for 14 consecutive days which cannot be split into different days in different weeks.

This joint licence/permit is perfect for tourists or visiting anglers. It will allow you to fish for coarse with two rods only at any one time. If you wish to use more than two rods you must buy another coarse rod licence or permit or both.

Joint three-day coarse fishing rod licence and permit

This is a joint licence and permit and is valid for three consecutive days which cannot be split into different days in different weeks.

This joint licence/permit is perfect for tourists or visiting anglers. It will allow you to fish for coarse with two rods only at any one time. If you wish to use more than two rods, you must buy another coarse rod licence or permit or both.

Endorsement to DCAL/FCILC season fishing rod licence

This endorsement will allow you to fish in both the DCAL and FCILC areas. You can buy this with your season game or coarse rod licence.

FCILC licences

For all FCILC licences, visit the Loughs Agency's website.

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