Permit to Prospect on Land within an Existing Exploration Licence - Western Australia


You will need this permit to prospect for minerals on Crown land that is the subject of an exploration licence held by someone else. Activities permit holders can do include:

  • taking a maximum sample of 20 kilograms
  • only using tools that are not power or hydraulically driven hand-tools
  • prospecting to a depth of 2 metres from the natural surface
  • prospecting up to a minimum distance of 100 metres away from any activities carried out by the exploration licence holder.

Your permit will specify the area (graticular blocks) of land on which you are authorised to prospect for minerals. The maximum area is 10 connected blocks within the area of an exploration licence.

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 permit, you must:

  • be an individual or partnership
  • hold a current miner's right.

You can apply for this permit with up to three holders, each of which will need to have a miner's right.


3 months unless surrendered or cancelled.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Partnership, Sole Trader

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Act(s) name

Mining Act 1978 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulations 1981 Western Australia


This permit is not transferable.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Minerals and Mining

Contact details

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