Guide » Fish & Wildlife » Angling Guide Licence Application


This application is for an Angling Guide licence (Fresh Water) that allows you to guide other anglers in British Columbia.


The following criteria must be met in order to proceed with an application for an Angling Guide Licence:


$450.00 Angling Guide Licence

$50.00 late fee* applies to new applications received after January 15th or renewal applications received after May 31.

$50.00 amendment fee* applies to any amendments submitted between January 15 and May 31. This includes changes to the Angling Guide Operating Plans. There is not a fee for the renewal year on the Angling Guide Operating Plan provided it is received by May 31.

A client cannot be charged for both amendment and late fee at the same time.

Fees are payable at the time of application. Applications will not be processed until the fees have been paid.

The payment can be made by one of the following payment methods:

  1. Online via Credit Card (Visa, Visa-Debit, Master Card, American Express)
  2. Mail Payment Cheque/Money Order - Payable to Minister of Finance
  3. Cash/Debit - To be paid at one of the FrontCounter BC office locations

Credit Card payments are securely processed online in the Final Step of the application process. To find out more about the acceptable payment methods in each office location please visit selected FrontCounter BC location

Angling Guide quota/rod day fees can no longer be paid for along with you licence renewal.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund surcharge is included in the above fee(s).

*Late fees and amendment fees cannot be processed online. If a late fees and amendment fee applies to your application FrontCounter BC staff will contact you.

Fees calculated on the electronic Fish and Wildlife application may not be the complete fee. A Permit Clerk will contact you if late fees are owed or if other licence specific fees are outstanding.

What you need to apply

Are you applying for a new licence?

All new Angling Guide licence applicants must provide the following with their completed application:

Are you renewing your licence?

Applicants renewing their licences must:

Please review your application form carefully and ensure that all required fields have been filled out before you submit your application

Angling Guide Exam

The Angling Guide examination is a screening tool. A mark of eighty percent (80%) is required to pass the exam. However, under Section 50 of the Wildlife Act, the Regional Manager must be satisfied that the applicant has a working knowledge of the Wildlife Act and Regulations. This may require further consultation in addition to the exam.

There is no fee associated with the exam. The exam is one hour in length and is made up of thirty-seven (37) multiple choice questions.

Questions in the exam are intended to test the applicants knowledge of the angling portions of the Wildlife Act, the Angling and Scientific Collection Regulation and the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis. This information can be accessed electronically online or in hard copy, per the following:

You may schedule an examination through your local Government Agents Office. Click here to find the Service BC location nearest you.

Electronic Angling Guide Reporting

Angling guides must report all guiding activity by March 31, or April 30 where there is guiding activity during March. Reports must be submitted online through the Angling Guide Reporting website.

Angling Guide Annual Reporting Steps

  1. Get a BCeID (If you do not already have one)
  2. Record your guiding information (spreadsheet):
  3. Access the Angling Guide Reporting Site (SharePoint)
  4. Submit your guide report (submission form and spreadsheet)

Additional Angling Guide Reporting Information

What happens after you apply

The target time frame for issuing your permit is 30 days*

Your application will not be processed until payment has been received in full.

Receiving the application

Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete. Your payment and documents will be entered into the appropriate systems. When necessary, you will be contacted for more information.

An application will not be accepted and processed until all required information as well as payment has been received.

Decision Making

A decision will be made on whether to issue a permit or not after a full review of your submission.

Issuance of Permit

If your application is approved, the permit is issued and sent to you by FrontCounter BC. If your application was not approved, you will be notified.

NOTE: If you used a BCeID and a licence or permit is issued, you can download it from the Manage your Natural Resource Applications webpage by logging in using your BCeID

*Processing time may be considerably longer if there is a required consultation process Error processing SSI file


What's New with Fish and Wildlife Applications

Application forms are now electronic through Fish and Wildlife Virtual Applications.

  1. Start an electronic Fish & Wildlife application by clicking the "Launch Application" button
  2. Enter your BceID or Apply without BceID (without BceID you will have a code to enter)
  3. Select the type of application you would like to submit by selecting 'Add Application' and then 'Next' at the bottom of the page
  4. Answer the questions to complete the application.

Payments can now be processed online using a credit card.

You can contact the FrontCounter BC Contact Centre if you have questions or require help.