Placer Mining in BC

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Important Government Links

Mineral Titles Online (MTO)

Mineral Titles Online System - The Yellow Buttons -
make a map, look up a claim or survey parcel, get a claim, renew your FMC, etc.

MTO Help Page

Contact Mineral Titles Branch or a Regional Office

Mineral Titles Contact About: Getting and keeping (renewing) placer claims and leases; Some of what you can do on a claim, private property rules, reserves.

Regional Mining Offices For questions about permits; Some of what you can do on a claim. If it takes an Inspector to answer the question, this is where they work.

Law and Regulations

Legislation Page     Mineral Tenure Act     Mineral Tenure Act Regulation

Information Updates     Pump Intake Screening Rules (PDF)

BCeID and Free Miner Certificate (FMC)

BCeID - apply for a Business BCeID

Note: you need a Business BCeID because you can use it to get new placer claims from the government - they consider that to be business.

Free Miner Certificate - apply for a new FMC so that you can own claims, etc.

(To Renew a FMC, Logon to the Mineral Titles Online system and select the "FMC Client" tab.)

The Mineral Titles Website - Start Here

Mineral Titles Home page with many good links

Getting Started

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Fees (PDF) - Free Miner Certificate, acquiring and maintaining (ie. renewing) a claim, etc.

Recreational Panning Reserves where anyone can pan for gold and no one can acquire a claim

Placer Areas (PDF) A small map showing Placer Areas in BC

Forms & Publications with links to pages for: General Information, How To Guides, Maps and Forms

Forms with links to many of the forms you might need and related information, including the Physical Work Report Form, a link to the Landowner Notification page

Data & GIS with links to datasets, viewers, maps and publications

FrontCounterBC

Contact and Locations

Online Applications including:

Suction Dredges in bedrock canyons (PDF) -

More Placer Mining Legislation

Legislation Page (Again) - The Mines Act, Mineral Tenure Act, Mineral Tenure Act Regulations, etc.

Water Sustainability Act main page

Most folks don't need these..."

Placer Mining Waste Control Regulation - The "1.5 inch pump" rule - or where it came from

Environmental Management Act - referred to in the "1.5 inch pump" rule, above

Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines - Many rules for large mines, aspects for all mines, little for the small-scale miner to memorize if the miner has no employees and no one enters pits and, particularly, trenches.

WorkSafeBC - For large-scale mines and/or mines that have employees

Ministry of Forests

The actual name of the ministry is:
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations For cutting trees - this page asks for a username and password twice, but you can click on "Cancel" both times and you can see the page.

Ministry of Environment

Water Stewardship For Water License Applications


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