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Common rod fishing licence questions

  • The decision, made by the Environment Agency (EA), follows a decline in over-the-counter sales over the last decade. Licences sold through our branches now only account for a small percentage of sales, with many customers already choosing to buy their licences digitally. The Environment Agency intends to reinvest any savings back into the fisheries service.

  • From January 2023 you can buy your licence in two ways:

    Licences bought through Post Office will be valid until their expiry date.

    If you have any queries about this change, please contact the Environment Agency directly:

  • If you can’t get online to buy your rod fishing licence, you can call the Environment Agency’s telesales service from a land line.

    Call 0344 800 5386 (Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm, except public holidays)

  • You can buy a fishing licence online via the Environment Agency’s digitally assisted journey. A trained customer contact centre employee will take you through purchasing a rod fishing licence using your own laptop, notepad or phone. Please call 03708 506 506 to access this support.
  • Yes. If you bought your rod fishing licence from the Post Office it will remain valid until its expiry date.

  • For further information please visit either:

Where to buy your rod fishing licence

You can buy a new rod fishing licence online or by phone. Please contact the Environment Agency’s fishing licence service.

Contact the fishing licence service

Buy a rod fishing licence online

Visit the GOV.UK page for fishing licences: Buy fishing licence on GOV.UK

By phone

Call: 0344 800 5386

Monday to Friday: 8am - 6pm (except public holidays)

Need help with a rod fishing licence?

If you have an enquiry about the change or rod fishing licences in general, please contact the Environment Agency directly.

Contact the Environment Agency

By phone

Call: 03708 506 506

Monday to Friday: 8am - 6pm (except public holidays)

By email

Send a message to:

Call charges: calls to 03 numbers will cost no more than calling a standard geographic number starting with 01 or 02 from your fixed line or mobile and may be included in your call package dependent on your service provider. Calls may be monitored or recorded for training and compliance purposes.