Prospecting Licence (Onshore Minerals) - Western Australia

Service summary

You may require this licence if you intend to conduct mining exploration or prospecting activities in Western Australia's onshore areas. There is no limit to the number of licences you may hold.

The maximum area for a prospecting licence is 200 hectares. A prospecting licence authorises you to excavate, extract or remove a total of up to 500 tonnes. You will need to apply for the Agency's approval if you intend to extract more than 500 tonnes.

You cannot apply for a prospecting licence in respect to land which is currently the subject of a mining tenement.

Please note that you require a separate Miners' Right to actually conduct the prospecting itself.

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:

  • provide details of land availability
  • provide details on the types of land you propose to obtain the Licence for (such as Crown, Reserve or Private)
  • notify the owner and / or occupier of the land affected
  • provide any other information required by the Agency
  • submit any required forms
  • pay any required fees.

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



The term of a prospecting licence is 4 years, and may be renewed for another 4 year period.



Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Minerals and Mining

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1978 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulations 1981 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Minerals and Mining

Mailing address:
Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth,Western Australia,6004


08 9222 3626


08 9222 3444


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