Mineral Claim - New South Wales


You will require this claim if you intend to become the owner of minerals within a designated area of a mineral claims district.

A mineral claims district is an area designated by the Agency. For example, the Lightening Ridge Mineral Claims District. Claims may be granted over any mineral, except coal, and are restricted to a maximum of two hectares in area. A claim will not be approved if it overlaps:

  • another person's prospecting area
  • an area designated by the Agency as a reserve
  • an area subject to an assessment lease, mining lease, mineral claim or exploration licence for the same minerals.

The claim may be granted over both Crown or private land, and gives you the exclusive right to prospect and mine for the mineral or minerals specified in your claim.

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 claim, you must

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • attend a mining safety course
  • specify the mineral you intend to claim
  • mark the required area
  • create a plan of the area
  • notify any affected landholders of your claim
  • attend an environmental awareness course.

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


Up to 5 years.


Anniversary of date of issue (maximum five years).


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Division of Resources and Energy

Mineral Resources

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Lightning Ridge Office

Operating address: 60 Morilla Street
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834
Mailing address: PO BOX 314
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834
Phone: 02 6829 9200
Fax: 02 6829 0825
Email: LightningRidge.Office@industry.nsw.gov.au