Special Exploration Licence - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to explore a specified area for minerals. This licence is designed to encourage exploration in and over poorly explored parts of Tasmania.

Exploration licences may be granted for one or more of the following mineral categories:

  • Metallic minerals and atomic substances;
  • Coal, peat, lignite and oil shale;
  • Construction minerals: stone, clay and sand;
  • Petroleum products except oil shale;
  • Industrial minerals, precious and semi-precious stones; and
  • Geothermal substances.

The licence holder must prepare an annual report to the Agency. This report must detail the amount of money spent on exploration in the last twelve months, details of any work proposed to be undertaken, and any further information as laid out by the Act.

Licensees are not permitted to explore on private land without the consent of the owner and occupier of the land, within 100 metres of the surface of any natural lake, dam, reservoir, well, artificial pond, or any substantial dwelling or building. Suitable notice must be given to the landowner before entry.

As a general rule, exploration licences will contain a condition requiring the licensee to undertake a program of work as specified on the application for the licence. The licensee is expected to employ technical and other staff and equipment to effectively carry out the proposed work program.

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 licence, you must have significant technical and financial resources or have obtained a contract with another person who does.

When applying for a Special Exploration Licence, you must include the following:

  • The approved form;
  • The materials that you intend to explore for;
  • A description of the land;
  • The prescribed fee;
  • Statement of likely impact on the environment; and
  • Any other details that are required.

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


5 years. The licence may be extended up to 10 years.



Surrender of licence.


Extension of licence.

GeneralMiscellaneous$333.25Consolidation of special exploration licence.

Administering agency

Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services
Mineral Resources Tasmania

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources Regulations 2016 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services
Mineral Resources Tasmania

Operating address:
30 Gordons Hill Road
Rosny Park
Tasmania 7018
Mailing address:
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018


03 6165 4800


03 6233 8338

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