A permit is required to hunt in Luxembourg. An annual hunting permit, valid for one year, may be granted to residents or non-residents.
A guest permit is also available, which enables the holder to hunt for a period of 3 days. Only non-residents may apply for a guest permit. It is valid for 3 consecutive days throughout the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Hunting permits are always personal. They may not be lent or leased to others.
Who is concerned
Anyone, whether resident or non-resident, who wishes to participate in a hunt organised within the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must hold a hunting permit.
Minors may be authorised to participate in hunting. However, they must turn 17 in the year in which they take the aptitude examination in order to be admitted to the preparatory courses and the hunting examination.
Moreover, minors may use firearms for hunting only if they:
- are at least 16 years old;
- have written permission from their father or mother (parental authority).
To obtain the permit, the applicant must present a Luxembourgish hunting aptitude certificate or a certificate issued by a foreign authority, on the condition that:
- the holder of the foreign certificate underwent testing similar to that provided for in the Luxembourg exam, which is determined by the minister in charge of the environment;
- the country that issued the certificate also recognises the Luxembourg hunting aptitude certificate for purposes of granting a hunting permit in that country.
An annual hunting permit will be issued only if the applicant holds third-party liability hunting insurance valid from the date of the application for the hunting permit through to the end of the hunting season, in other words until 31 March. Proof of insurance must be attached to the application.
Annual permit and guest permit
To obtain a voucher for the issuance of an annual hunting permit stamp, the applicant must first pay EUR 150 to the Indirect Tax Authority (Administration de l'enregistrement et des domaines – AED). A guest permit costs EUR 50.
Applicants who wish to pay by wire transfer must:
- make a single wire transfer or payment per applicant;
- clearly indicate the name and address of the sender;
- indicate in the comments: hunting permit no. ...
For international wire transfers, the necessary measures must be taken so that the net amount of EUR 150 or EUR 50 is received by the Indirect Tax Authority.
The amount must be wired or paid into one of the postal checking accounts of the department.
Payment in cash is possible only at certain offices of the Indirect Tax Authority.
Issuance of vouchers for stamp
An orange voucher will be sent to you by the Indirect Tax Authority as soon as the wire transfer is received, or will be issued to you in person when you pay in cash.
No hunting permits will be issued by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure (Department of the Environment) on the basis of a copy of the wire transfer. Only the voucher issued by the Indirect Tax Authority is valid.
How to proceed
Issuance of an annual permit
The annual permit is issued upon production of:
- proof of hunting civil liability insurance covering the person in question everywhere in Luxembourg. This certificate must cover the entire period for which the permit to be issued is valid;
- a voucher for obtaining the annual hunting permit, which can be obtained from the Indirect Tax Authority;
- a copy of the applicant's criminal record from their country of residence.
For the issuance of an applicant's first annual permit, the applicant must also attach a Luxembourgish hunting aptitude certificate or a foreign certificate validly recognised in Luxembourg (German, Belgian, Dutch, Austrian, Slovakian, or Romanian).
The file must be sent to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Department of the Environment, L-2918 Luxembourg.
Upon written request of a person residing abroad and holding an annual permit that remains valid in their country of residence, the Nature and Forestry Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts) may issue a guest permit to the person in question.
The guest permit is issued upon production of:
- a voucher for obtaining a 3-day hunting permit, to be obtained from the Indirect Tax Authority;
- a copy of the guest's valid hunting permit;
- proof of insurance confirming that the guest is covered by Luxembourg Civil Liability Hunting insurance for the duration of the 3-day hunting permit's validity in Luxembourg.
It should be noted that the documents provided must be legible and understandable, in particular with respect to document quality and the written language used.
A guest permit is valid throughout Luxembourg for hunting grounds where the guest has been invited to hunt.
In a given hunting season, the maximum duration of the guest permits issued to a particular person residing abroad may not exceed 12 days. For a single hunting ground, no more than 10 guest permits may be issued per hunting season.
Government hunting permits
Government hunting permits may only be applied for by certain employees of the Nature and Forestry Agency.
They are valid for the entire hunting season and throughout the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Denial or revocation of a hunting permit
The Minister may deny a hunting permit or revoke one that has been issued. The permit holder will be notified of this decision by registered letter.
An administrative appeal to reverse the minister's decision may be filed within 3 months of the notice.
The interested party is prohibited from hunting as soon as they receive notification of the decision to revoke their hunting permit. Moreover, the permit must be returned to the minister on receipt of the notification of revocation.
Forms / Online services
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