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Apply for a fishing license
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
If you want to fish in Schleswig-Holstein (as an angler or professional fisherman), you must have a valid fishing license and carry it with you. The fishing license is issued for life in Schleswig-Holstein. The prerequisite for the issue of a fishing license is the successful completion of a fishing license examination or the existence of an exemption without a fishing license examination. The issue of a regular fishing license costs 10 euros.
If you have a valid fishing license from another federal state, this will be recognized in Schleswig-Holstein. However, you must also pay the fishing tax of the state of Schleswig-Holstein - regardless of how and where the fishing is to be practiced. This also applies if you have already paid a fishing tax in your home federal state.
Valid fishing licenses from other federal states can be transferred after a change of main residence (when moving). Children who have not yet reached the age of 12 cannot yet obtain their own fishing license. However, they may fish if they are supervised by a person with a fishing license.
- After successfully passing the fishing license test, you can apply for your fishing license at your local regulatory authority (or port authority) (professional fishermen should contact the highest fishing authority).
- You submit an application for a fishing license.
- For this you will need proof of identity (e.g. identity card) and a current passport photo (from the age of 16) as well as the fishing license test certificate(or certificate as a fish farmer or fishing license).
- The documents will be checked.
- After payment of the administrative fee, the fishing license is issued immediately by the local regulatory authority (for professional fishermen by the supreme fishing authority).
- The fishing license is valid in Schleswig-Holstein if the fishing tax has also been paid before fishing.
Who should I contact?
Local regulatory authorities: Public order office, citizens' office or harbor office
Commercial fishermen: the highest fishing authority in the State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR) Department 3 Fisheries Tel. 04347 704-0
Minimum age: 12 years
- Passed fishing license test and corresponding certificate
- Sole or main residence in Schleswig-Holstein or outside the Federal Republic of Germany.
- There must be no grounds for refusal (poaching, cruelty to animals, falsification of documents) in accordance with § 28 LFischG.
Which documents are required?
- Fishing license test certificate
- Proof of identity (identity card, passport, etc.)
- From the age of 16: Photograph
- For re-registration when moving to Schleswig-Holstein (main residence): Fishing licence from the other federal state or fishing licence test certificate (corresponding certificates from all German federal states are recognized in Schleswig-Holstein)
What are the fees?
Administration fee: 10,00 EURPayment in advance: Yeshttps://www.gesetze-rechtsprechung.sh.juris.de/bssh/document/jlr-VwGebVSH2018rahmen/part/RThe exact fee structure can be found in the state ordinance on administrative fees (Verwaltungsgebührenverordnung - VerwGebVO) (see URL).
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Period of validity: from 12 years (issued for life)
Processing time: 2 - 4 WeeksIs usually issued directly on site
If the authority does not issue the fishing license, it will send you a rejection notice. In this case, you can lodge an appeal. How to do this is described in your notification.
What else should I know?
Fishing licenses from other federal states are also valid in Schleswig-Holstein as long as the holder does not have their main residence in Schleswig-Holstein. As soon as the holder of a fishing license from another federal state moves their main residence to Schleswig-Holstein, a Schleswig-Holstein fishing license must be issued for fishing.
Since July 1, 2012, fishing license holders from other federal states must also pay the fishing tax (also applies if a fishing tax has already been paid in the home federal state).
In Schleswig-Holstein, there are exemptions from the fishing license requirement based on Section 5 of the State Ordinance on the Implementation of the Fishing Act for the State of Schleswig-Holstein (LFischG-DVO). The most frequently used exemption option is the so-called "vacation fishing license", which can be applied for by any natural person (valid for 28 consecutive days, can be extended once per calendar year). The vacation fishing license and the renewal each cost an administrative fee of 10.00 euros; in addition, the fishing tax of 10.00 euros (once per calendar year) must also be paid here.
No fishing license is required at commercial fishing ponds and on commercial fishing boats if the commercial provider can ensure compliance with animal welfare and fishing regulations by means of supervision, but in these cases a fishing tax must be paid.
Persons with disabilities who are unable to take a fishing license examination can apply to the supreme fishing authority for an indefinite exemption that entitles them to fish accompanied by an adult fishing license holder ("special fishing license").
A fishing license is also not required for private small bodies of water, pond farms and fish production facilities.
Compliance with the fishing license requirement is monitored by the police and the fisheries inspectorate.
The supreme fishing authority is responsible for professional fishermen
The local public order offices are responsible for citizens
For fishing in inland waters and in certain coastal waters that are subject to an independent fishing right (Eider, Schlei, Lübeck Bay), a permit under private law from the respective fishing right holder is also required. Apart from the above-mentioned exceptions, there is free fishing in the coastal waters of Schleswig-Holstein.
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
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The supreme fisheries authority at the Ministry of Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment, Nature and Digitalization (MEKUN)
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