Obtaining an inland fishing licence

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A licence is required if you want to fish in the inland waters of Luxembourg.

Different categories of licences are available depending on where you want to fish and how long the licence is valid for.

Who is concerned?

Anyone aged 14 or over who wishes to fish in Luxembourg’s inland waters must be in possession of a fishing licence.

Persons under 14 may fish in Luxembourg's inland waters provided they use a single handline. Angling and fly fishing are also permitted.

Minors may fish without a licence.


Ordinary licences: 18 EUR/year, 4 EUR/month.

Special type-A licences: 30 EUR/year, 6 EUR/month.

Special type-B licences: 40 EUR/year, 8 EUR/month.

How to proceed

Inland water categories

Inland waters are classified into 2 categories:

  • category-1 waters are navigable and floatable waters in which the fishing rights belong to the State (public waters). These include the waters of the Sûre running along the course of the retaining wall of the Esch-sur-Sûre dam located upstream of this locality, and from the old Ettelbruck bridge to the mouth of the Our in Wallendorf;
  • category-2 waters are non-navigable, non-floatable rivers (leased waters) in which the fishing rights belong to shoreline landowners. This category includes the waters of the Sûre running from the area located upstream of the retaining walls of the Esch-sur-Sûre dam to the Belgian border, and downstream of the retaining walls to the old Ettelbruck bridge, and any other inland waters. Fishing in these private waters is prohibited without the written authorisation of the tenant of the fishing zone.

Furthermore, pond fishing is authorised without a licence, but for a fee, in Boulaide, Clemency, Clervaux / Reuler, Erpeldange / Ettelbruck, Fischbach / Mersch, Lamadelaine, Kockelscheuer, Olingen, Pétange, Pratz, Redange-sur-Attert and Remerschen.

The same conditions apply to the Echternach and Weiswampach lakes, and to the Gander River, in the Mondorf-les-Bains park.

Licence categories

An ordinary licence allows holders to fish in category-2 waters if they hold the fishing rights or have permission from the holder of the fishing rights.

The special type-A licence, in addition to the rights conferred by the ordinary licence, allows holders to fish in category-1 waters from the bank.

The special type-B licence, in addition to the rights conferred by the ordinary licence and the special type-A licence, allows the holder to fish in category-1 waters from a boat.

Submitting the application

Inland fishing licences can be obtained online on MyGuichet.lu, with or without user authentication (see the 'Online Services  and forms' section).

The application can also be submitted via the MyGuichet.lu mobile app. In order to do so, applicants must:

Applicants must:

  • identify themselves;
  • select either “inland waters” or “border waters”;
  • select the licence type;
  • select a duration (one month or one year);
  • specify the date from which the licence is to run (up to one year after the application date).

Once the data entered has been validated, the applicant will be asked to 'pay and submit' their application. Payment may be made online directly, using a credit card.

Once the applicant’s payment has been received, they will receive their licence in the form of a PDF document, either under the 'My messages' tab in their private eSpace on MyGuichet.lu (procedure with authentication), or by email at the address they specified (procedure without authentication).

Fishing licences can also be obtained at the following offices of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA - AED):

  • Civil Registry Office 2 Luxembourg;
  • Civil Registry Office Grevenmacher;
  • Civil Registry Office Diekirch;
  • Civil Registry Office Esch-sur-Alzette.

If asked to present the licence, the holder of the licence must be able to provide proof of their identity. If they are fishing on private property, they must also be able to present a document issued by the holder of the fishing rights, authorising them to fish on their property.

Online services and forms

Who to contact

Luxembourg Guichet Unique

  • Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority Luxembourg Guichet Unique

    308, route d’Esch L-1471 Luxembourg Luxembourg
    Email address:
    Closed ⋅ Opens tomorrow at 8.30
    8.30 to 12.00, 14.00 to 16.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 14.00 to 16.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 14.00 to 16.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 14.00 to 16.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 14.00 to 16.00
    From 08.30 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00

Civil Registry Office Grevenmacher

Civil Registry Office Diekirch

Civil Registry Office Esch-sur-Alzette

  • Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority Civil Registry Office Esch-sur-Alzette

    33-35, rue Zénon Bernard L-4031 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg
    BP 244, L-4003 Esch-sur-Alzette
    Email address:

Related procedures and links


Obtaining a licence to fish in waters bordering with Germany


Further information

Legal references

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