Explore for minerals through mechanized means, with minimal disturbance to the ground and the environment.
- Mandatory Authorizations
- Eligibility Requirements
- Information Requirements
- Potential Additional Requirements
- Related Links
- Other Things you Should Know
About this Activity Guide
This guide summarizes the most common requirements and recommendations for your chosen activity and is designed to help you submit a complete application. Be aware that this information is for guidance purposes only.
|Authorization Name||Link to Authorization Guidance||Link to Application|
|Free Miner Certificate (Mineral Tenure Act)||Authorization Guidance||Apply Now|
|Mineral Claim (Mineral Tenure Act)||Authorization Guidance||Apply Now|
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||Authorization Guidance||Apply Now|
Cost may be a specific value or range of values. The cost includes GST, where applicable.
|Authorization||Cost Type||Cost Description||Cost||Link to Details|
|Free Miner Certificate (Mineral Tenure Act)||Application Fee||Required by applicants less than 65 years of age||Individual: $25 |
|Fees - Mineral and Placer Titles|
|Mineral Claim (Mineral Tenure Act)||Acquisition Fee||Amount required to acquire a mineral claim.||$1.75/ha||Fees - Mineral and Placer Titles|
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||No Fees for exploration activities||n/a||n/a||Mines Fee Regulation|
Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements prior to applying.
|Free Miner Certificate (Mineral Tenure Act)|| || |
|Mineral Claim (Mineral Tenure Act)|| || |
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||Proof that you hold a mineral claim, or permission from the holder of the mineral claim.||If you are not the mineral claim holder, a letter of authorization signed and dated by the holder of the mineral claim, granting you authority to apply on their behalf and/or conduct work on the property with a valid mineral claim.|
|Authorization||Requirement||Description||Link to Details|
|Free Miner Certificate (Mineral Tenure Act)||Free Miner Certificate Application||Full name, contact details, identification of age (over 18 or over 65), Canadian resident, consent to disclosure of information and signature.||Free Miner Certificate Application|
|Mineral Claim (Mineral Tenure Act)||Online Acquisition of Claim||Use Mineral Titles Online to acquire a claim using an electronic Internet map that allows you to select single or multiple adjoining grid cells.||Mineral Titles Online|
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||Online Notice of Work Application Form||The application asks for information regarding your proposal, such as: |
Detailed guidance on these requirements is available on the Notice of Work Overview page at https://portal.nrs.gov.bc.ca/web/client/-/notice-of-work and applicants are encouraged to consult that information prior to starting their application.
|Notice of Work Authorization Guidance|
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||A Location Map, a Tenure Map and Map(s) of Proposed Work||There are several publicly available online mapping tools to help you with your mapping. |
The recommended program for Notice of Work maps is iMapBC.
Need help with mapping? Don’t have access to GIS software to produce geospatial files? Please use the Mines Act Application iMapBC Reference Guide to produce maps and geospatial files that meet the standards, and the Mineral and Coal Exploration Notice of Work Application Companion Part 1.4, or hire an agent to help you.
General map requirements:
Required map elements:
1. Location Map – all applications
Maps & Geospatial Requirements:NOTE: .zip files will not be accepted
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||A digital spatial representation of the proposed permitted mine area (e.g., shapefile)||Provide digital spatial representations, such as shapefiles, of your proposed permitted mine area. Shapefiles must include georeferenced polygons projected in BC Albers (including .shp, .sbx, .dbf and .prj). Other acceptable spatial data formats include .kml, .kmz and Geomark. |
You can create a shapefile using iMapBC. Refer to the Save Markup to Shapefile section of the Mines Act Permit Application iMapBC Maps and Data Creation Reference Guide.
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||Mine Emergency Response Plan (MERP)||A plan that explains how an emergency will be managed.||MERP Guidelines for Mining Industry|
|Permit via Notice of Work (Mines Act)||Archaeological Chance Find Procedure||A documented set of actions that will be followed if any archaeological or heritage resource, artifact or item is found on the mine property.||Archaeological Chance Find Procedure|
Potential Additional Requirements
|Requirement||Description||When is it Required?|
|Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR) Approval||Authorization for production mining activities within ALR-designated land for non-farm use.||When you will be production mining within ALR-designated land for non-farm use.|
|Crown Land Authorization||Authorization to use Crown land for mining activities.||When you want to use Crown land that falls outside of your mineral tenure. E.g., staging areas, road/trail access, powerlines|
|Environmental Assessment Certificate||A mechanism for reviewing major projects to assess their potential impacts.||When Reviewable Projects Regulation criteria are met depending on the type of project.|
|Federal Authorizations||Federal authorizations to address the parts of your proposal that may apply to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, Migratory Birds Regulation and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Assessments for projects near water.||When disturbing fish habitat, impacting migratory birds or impacting navigable waters.|
|Highway Access Permit||A permit which allows you to connect access to a provincial highway.||When connecting access to a provincial highway.|
|Occupant Licence to Cut||Authorization for cutting timber on Crown land.||When cutting more than 50m3 timber from Crown land.|
|Local Government Zoning Bylaws||Check applicable local government bylaws to identify any requirements.||When activity is located within local government area such as a municipality.|
|Metal Leaching and Acid Rock Drainage (ML/ARD) Assessment||Preventing impacts from ML/ARD is a highly important, costly and time-consuming environmental issue facing the British Columbia mining industry.||Whenever significant bedrock or unconsolidated earth will be excavated or exposed. Applied to projects generating more than 1,000 tonnes of material.|
|Road Use Permit (RUP)||A permit to allow use of an industrial Forest Service Road (FSR).||When you need industrial use of a FSR.|
|Special Use Permit||A forestry authorization that will allow you to build access across crown land. (e.g., access road)||When access is required on crown land and it is not within your claim boundary.|
|Waste Discharge Authorization||Authorization granting permission to discharge waste.||When discharging waste to the receiving environments, such as water from settling ponds.|
|Water Rights||Authorization under the Water Sustainability Act which allows you to use freshwater, or to work in or around freshwater.||If you will be using or working in or around freshwater. Please refer to the Water Policy Bulletin for Water Use for Mineral Exploration and Placer Mining (PDF, 179KB) for further information.|
|Mines Act||The legislation for Mines.|
|Mineral Tenure Act||The Mineral Tenure Act is the primary statute that authorizes the registration of mineral and placer titles with the Province and provides the policy framework for Mineral Titles administration.|
|Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia||Protects workers and the public through provisions for minimizing the health, safety and environmental risks related to mining activities.|
|Mapping Tools||A listing of free web-based mapping programs and tools available to the public.|
Other Things You Should Know
Archaeological sites are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act and must not be altered or damaged without a permit issued by the Archaeology Branch. Information regarding potential risks to protected archaeological sites may be obtained by submitting an online data request form to the Archaeology Branch or by contacting a professional archaeologist via the BC Association of Professional Archaeologists (www.bcapa.ca) or via local directories. Visit the Archaeology Branch website for more information.
BCeID - What Is It and Why Get It?
BCeID is an online service that allows you to create a user ID and password to sign in securely to many Government services in British Columbia. The benefits of having a BCeID account include:
- Stop and start. Save and return later to complete your application without losing any information previously entered.
- Real time status information. Check the status of your application in real time.
- Access your applications for multiple people (Business BCeID only) to edit or submit your application or check its status. To enroll in this service, visit the BCeID web page: FrontCounter BC - BCeID
Consulting with First Nations
The Province is legally obligated to consult and accommodate First Nations, where required, on land and resource decisions that could impact their Aboriginal Interests. While the Province is responsible for ensuring adequate and appropriate consultation and accommodation, it may involve the proponent in the procedural aspects of consultation. Also, proponents are generally encouraged to engage with First Nations as early as possible in the planning stages to build relationships and for information sharing purposes that may support consultation processes. More information is available in the following guidelines and procedure manuals designed to assist government officials and proponents with meeting consultation obligations with First Nations. For further assistance, please contact the appropriate decision making agency.
This guide provides the most current and accurate information available to the Government of British Columbia at the time of publishing; however, we make no warranty regarding the completeness, currency or accuracy of this information. This information is for guidance purposes only and does not replace legislated requirements. Each application is unique and circumstances may result in additional requirements beyond those included in this guide.
Last Updated: November 29, 2021