Mineral Claim - New South Wales


You will need a mineral claim to become the owner of minerals deposited in a designated area of a mineral claims district.

A mineral claims district is an area designated by the agency. For example, the Lightning 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.

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 or older
  • 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.


Up to 5 years


Anniversary of date of issue (max 5 years)


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees will change depending on your circumstances. Please contact the agency for more information.

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1992 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Lodgement process


For private land, the written consent of the owner and occupier of the land must be provided.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Contact details

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