Prospecting Licence (Onshore Minerals) - Western Australia


You may need this licence if you intend to conduct mining exploration or prospecting activities in Western Australia's onshore areas. There is no limit to the number of licences you may hold.

The maximum area for a prospecting licence is 200 hectares. A prospecting licence authorises you to excavate, extract or remove a total of up to 500 tonnes. You will need to apply for the Agency's approval if you intend to extract more than 500 tonnes.

You cannot apply for a prospecting licence in respect to land which is currently the subject of a mining tenement.

Please note that you require a separate Miners' Right to conduct the prospecting itself.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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:

  • provide details of land availability
  • provide details on the types of land you propose to obtain the Licence for (such as Crown, Reserve or Private)
  • notify the owner and / or occupier of the land affected
  • provide any other information required by the Agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


The term of a prospecting licence is 4 years, and may be renewed for another 4 year period.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Licence All

Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1978 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulations 1981 Western Australia

Administering agency

Department of 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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Minerals and Mining

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Western Australia
Operating address: Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
Phone: 08 9222 3626
Fax: 08 9222 3444
Website: Minerals and Mining (Opens in new window)