Fishing and fishing permits

Clapham Common is the only park or open space in Lambeth where fishing is currently permitted. 

Two of its ponds, Eagle and Mount Ponds, are registered for coarse fishing (e.g. carp, perch and tench).

Fishing is not permitted on the third pond on the common, Long Pond, as this is used for model boating and a fishery stock pond.

We have an open fishing season on Clapham Common, where both day and night fishing are allowed.

To fish on Eagle and Mount Ponds, you must have a Lambeth fishing permit, as well as a valid Environment Agency Rod licence.

Apply for a fishing permit

To fish in Clapham Common you must have a valid Lambeth fishing permit.

By purchasing a fishing permit, you agree to abide by the Lambeth Local Fishing Regulations at all times, and to observe any of the Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces Byelaws that apply.

Please also see the Lambeth local fishing regulations (PDF 108KB)

Apply for a fishing permit online

You can also request an application form to be sent to you by email or post. Please email, with the subject ‘fishing permit application’, or write to us at:

Fishing Permits, Brockwell Hall, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, London SE24 9BN

When you apply, either online or through an application form, you must the following otherwise your application cannot be processed:

  • A completed application form for a fishing permit
  • A colour photograph of yourself (either digitally or passport size)
  • If you are aged 13 or over, either a photocopy of your current Environment Agency Rod License, or if applying online the Rod Licence Reference Number in full.

Once your application is accepted we will contact you with information on how to pay for your permit, which can be by telephone, bank transfer or cheque.

Fishing permit fees 2024-25

The current fee for a Lambeth annual (12 month) fishing permit is £53.35.

We do not offer day permits and there are no adult concessions.

If you are aged under 16 years at the time of your application, your permit is free, but you must provide proof of age when you apply in order to be eligible for a free permit.

Environment Agency rod licences

If you are aged 13 years or over by law you must have a valid rod fishing licence.

If you are over 16 years of age, you have to pay for a rod licence.

Rod licences are still required for those aged between 13 and 16 years of age, although this is free on application.

Your Lambeth permit application will not be processed unless you can provide proof that you have a valid rod licence, and there are severe penalties if you are caught fishing without one.

For more information on Environment Agency rod licences, including current fees and how to apply for one, please go to the Environment Agency rod fishing licence site, call 0344 800 5386, or ask at your local post office.