Exploration Licence - New South Wales

Description

You may require this licence if you intend to conduct exploration activities for minerals. This includes determining the quality and quantity of any minerals you may locate and the viability of extracting them for commercial purposes.

Exploration includes, but is not limited to geological and geophysical:

  • surveying
  • mapping
  • sampling
  • drilling
  • trenching.

This licence provides you with the exclusive right to explore for minerals within the area you have specified on your application. Please be aware that exploration licences may be granted in the same area to other people if they intend to search for minerals not specified on your licence.

If you intend to explore your own land for minerals that are not owned or reserved for the Crown, you can apply for a category of this licence known as an exploration (mineral owner) licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • specify minerals to be explored for
  • specify land to be explored
  • negotiate access arrangements with landowners and occupiers to occupy land
  • submit the required forms and pay any applicable fees.

You must also provide an environmental performance record, this must contain information such as details of any:

  • convictions relating to the environment within the past five years
  • approvals held by you that have been revoked or suspended within the past five years.

Please be aware that additional requirements may apply if your application concerns land subject to Native Title legislation.

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

Duration

Six years.

Expiry

Anniversary of date of issue.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for an Exploration Licence - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Tender for an Exploration Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.
Renew All Application to Renew an Exploration Licence - PDF (Opens in new window)
Vary All Variation of a Low Impact Licence - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1992 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Application process

Apply

Your application needs to be accompanied by a proposed work program.

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Operating address: 323 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Mailing address: PO BOX K348
Haymarket, New South Wales 1240
Phone: 02 4063 6500
Phone: 1300 736 122
Email: information@planning.nsw.gov.au
Website: Division of Resources and Geoscience (Opens in new window)