Mining Lease - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this lease if you intend to extract minerals from a specific area of land by mining for commercial purposes. A mine is any artificial or naturally occurring place, pit, shaft or other excavation where the extraction of minerals from the ground occurs.

Due to the potential for environmental harm that may be caused by an incorrectly operated mine site there are stringent planning processes that must be complied with for your application to be successful. In addition to this, if your lease application is granted it will be subject to a number of conditions which may relate to:

  • mining or mining operations
  • transporting of materials or equipment used for mining
  • treatment or preparation of minerals prior to sale
  • disposal or storage of waste generate from the extraction of minerals
  • activities that are conducted in the vicinity of the mine site.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this lease you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • submit an environmental Impact statement
  • submit details of proposed mining developments, including the type of minerals and description of the land
  • notify the landowner / occupier in writing within 21 days of lodging the application
  • provide particulars of your financial resources and access to technical resources
  • provide information regarding your estimated costs
  • publish a plan showing the location of the area applied for in local and State newspapers
  • display to the Agency that an economically mine-able mineral deposit exists in the specified area
  • enter into a compensation agreement prior to commencement of any mining with the landowner or occupier
  • provide details of the measures to be taken to minimise harm to the environment
  • pay a bond to ensure lease conditions are applied with, as specified by the Agency
  • pay any required fees.

You must also provide evidence that development consent has been granted before a mining lease will be approved.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1992 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Title Services
Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources

Operating address:
516 High Street
Maitland, New South Wales 2320
Mailing address:
PO Box 344
Hunter Regional Mail Centre
NSW 2310


02 4931 6500


02 4931 6776

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