Special Exploration Licence - Tasmania


You will need this licence if you intend to explore a specified area for minerals. This licence is designed to encourage exploration in and over poorly explored parts of Tasmania.

Exploration licences may be granted for one or more of the following mineral categories:

  • metallic minerals and atomic substances
  • coal, peat, lignite and oil shale
  • construction minerals: stone, clay and sand
  • petroleum products except oil shale
  • industrial minerals, precious and semi-precious stones
  • geothermal substances.

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 have significant technical and financial resources or have obtained a contract with another person who does.


Up to five years and may be extended up to a further five years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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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.