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Regional fishing licence for commercial fishing granted by a fishing authority

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) can grant a commercial fishing licence in a private water body for the maximum of five years.

Do the following

Strive to rent the fishing right directly from its owner, or get help from the fishing district. If things do not proceed, contact the ELY Centre.

To whom and on what terms

The permit can be granted if:

  • The water body is specified as well-suited for commercial fishing in the Fisheries management plan framework for fishing districts;
  • The state of local fish population allows for commercial fishing;
  • No agreement has been reached regarding using the water body for commercial fishing
  • Commercial fishing will not cause considerable damage to beach owners in the area, or the area’s other use.

The service is free of charge.


Processing time

The processing time may extend over months, as the licence requires, for instance, negotiations with the owner of the fishing right.

Period of validity

The licence will be valid for a maximum of five years.

Basic information

The service is provided byELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for North Savo
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for North Karelia
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 12/19/2019