Exploration permit - coal (EPC) - Queensland

Description

You will require this permit if you intend to use advanced exploration methods to determine the quality and quantity of coal present. This permit allows you to prospect, conduct geophysical surveys, drilling and testing of materials.

You may not require an environmental authority if your activities meet the criteria for a small-scale mining activity.

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 you must be either:

  • be a natural person at least 18 years of age
  • a registered company (including a registered foreign company).

You must also address any native title requirements and environmental authority requirements before applying.

Duration

Up to five years

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1337.00 -
Apply Miscellaneous All $164.90 Rent per block

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a exploration permit (coal) - Please contact the administering agency for information on forms to be submitted.

Application process

Apply

An exploration permit for coal may only be applied for through a competitive tender process. In the case of highly prospective coal areas, the tender will have a cash bidding component.

You can obtain this permit by submitting a completed tender application through the Queensland Government QTenders website.

If the tender includes a cash bidding component, the applicant must submit a cash bid with the application.

The latest version of the application forms can be downloaded from the department website or by contacting your regional or Brisbane district office of the Department.

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • proposed work program of exploration and advice on how the program will be carried out
  • a statement specifying the estimated human, technical and financial resources proposed to be committed to during each year of the permit
  • statement of financial position and available technical resources
  • numbers and qualifications of professional and other staff responsible for planning, conducting and reporting for each year of the program
  • a statement about how and when consultation with each owner and occupier or private and public land will be or are likely to be carried out
  • permit holders are required to have an environmental authority unless the area they apply for is 4 sub-blocks or less.  Applicants must complete an EA form and attach supporting documentation.  This form and supporting documentation must be submitted with your permit application.

Further information about your application for an exploration permit may be obtained by reading the mineral and coal exploration guideline which can be downloaded at the Department's website.

Any person interested in obtaining mining tenure is advised to contact the relevant mining registrar or departmental staff for further information before lodging any application.

You must lodge a financial assurance and accept terms and conditions before approval is granted. Compliance with the native title process is also required.

Transfer

This permit can be transferred.

Additional information

An exploration permit will only be issued for an area of 300 sub-blocks or less, or six blocks if they are adjacent to an existing project. Other size restrictions may apply in restricted areas or due to specific legislative requirements.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Service Delivery

Exploration Management Unit

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:

MyMinesOnline Helpdesk

Exploration Management Unit

Service Delivery

Department of Resources

Phone: 07 3199 8133
Email: MyMinesOnline@resources.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Resources (Opens in new window)