Mining Lease

Mining Lease

Mining Lease: A mining lease is a form of mineral title that entitles the lease holder to minerals within and under a defined leasehold area.

Related Activities: Claim Administration, Claim Transfer, Coal Information, Free miner certificate, Hand Panning, Lease Administration, Mineral Records, Mineral Title Complaint, Mineral Title Liens - Registrations, Mining Mediation, Mining Physical - Technical Reports, Mining Reserve, Placer Lease


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.

Mandatory Authorizations

Authorization Name Link to Authorization Guidance Link to Application
Mining Lease - Mineral Titles Online Authorization Guidance Apply Now


Cost may be a specific value or range of values. The cost includes GST, where applicable.

Cost Type Cost Description Cost Link to Details
Application Fee Lease application fee $100/YR Fees - Mineral and Placer Titles
Annual Rent Annual rent paid per hectare $20 per hectare/YR
Refunds Non-refundable registration fee and annual rent Varies

Eligibility Requirements

Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Requirement Description
Recorded Holder or Authorized Agent The recorded holder of a mineral claim or their authorized agent must register an application for a mineral lease via Mineral Tenures Online (MTO).

Information Requirements

Requirement Description Link to Details
Mineral Titles Online Lease Application Identification of mineral claims must be included. Note: Claims must be adjoining and the ownership of all titles must be identica (e.g. each mineral claim in the group must be held by the same recorded holder(s) and in the same percentage). Lease Application Instructions
Advertisement Mineral Titles Branch will advise the lease applicant to:
  1. Arrange for publication of the lease application notice once each week for 4 consecutive weeks in a newspaper in general circulation in the geographic area of the lease; and
  2. Publish in BC Gazette for 1 issue; and
  3. Posting, on the ground, a copy of the lease application notice at the physical site location of the application area, and if possible, take a photograph of the posted notice.
Upon completion of the posting and advertising, submit the following to the Vancouver Mineral Titles Branch:
  1. A copy of the full newspaper pages of both newspaper issues containing the published lease application
  2. A photograph of the lease application notice posted at the site location of the lease area or a Statutory Declaration stating the date on which the lease application notice was posted on the site.
Link Description
Applying for a Placer Lease A web page providing information on the steps involved in applying for a placer lease.
Logging on to Mineral Titles Online A web page providing information about what is required in order to be able to log onto Mineral Titles Online (MTO).

Other Things You Should Know

Archaeology Information
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 ( 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

Legal Disclaimer
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: July 14, 2023