Parcel prospecting permit - Queensland


This permit is required for:

  • authority to enter land for the purposes of applying for a mining claim or mining lease over that land;
  • prospecting;
  • hand mining for minerals other than coal with the consent of the landowner.

NB: Some areas of the state are restricted. For further information contact the appropriate mining registrar. Additional restrictions on granting of this permit apply because of native title implications.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


This permit remains in effect for three months.


See Prospecting permit in Other resources below.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Common All Prospecting permit (Opens in new window)

Application process

You may make an application for a parcel prospecting permit electronically using the MyMinesOnline system. Alternatively you may complete and submit the application form, any attachments and the prescribed fee at a Mines lodgement office.


This permit cannot be transferred.

Additional information

  • the land subject to application must be available (ie not restricted) to the grant of prospecting permits.
  • the applicant must give at least 10 business days notice to the owner of the land before intended entry.
  • the mining registrar will inform the owner of the land of the grant of the permit
  • unless consent of the land owner is obtained, the permit holder cannot enter within 100 metres laterally of a permanent building used for accommodation or business, community, sporting or recreational purposes or places of worship and within 50 metres laterally of a dam, principal stock yard, bore or artesian well, cemetery or burial place.
  • additional restrictions in granting of this permit apply because of native title implications.
Code of practice of environmental compliance for mining claims and prospecting permits

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Service Delivery

Mining and Petroleum Operations

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:

Mining and Petroleum Operations

Service Delivery

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Website: Department of Natural Resources and Mines contact list (Opens in new window)