Retention Licence - Tasmania


You will need this licence if you intend to retain the right to mining minerals from the land. A retention licence is given when the economic viability of mining procedures has not yet been established. Economic viability takes into account the following:


  • the cost of mining
  • amount of mineral to be mined.

This licence also authorises you to continue exploration.


A retention licence authorises you, or a person contracted by you, to carry out any of the following activities:


  • geological, geophysical and geochemical exploration programs
  • mining feasibility studies
  • metallurgical testing
  • environmental studies
  • marketing studies
  • engineering and design studies
  • entering or passing over Crown or private land.

Licensees are not permitted to explore on private land without the consent of the owner and occupier of the land, within 100 metres of the surface of any natural lake, dam, reservoir, well, artificial pond, or any substantial dwelling or building. Suitable notice must be given to the landowner before entry.

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 licence you must:


  • hold an Exploration Licence or a Mining Lease
  • be able to demonstrate the existence of a resource that is unable to be mined at the time of application.


Up to five years, with the possibility of extending a further five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Fees - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources Regulations 2016 Tasmania

Approval time

120 business days

Administering agency

Department of State Growth

Mineral Resources Tasmania

Contact details

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