MTO Help Page
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.
Legislation Page Mineral Tenure Act Mineral Tenure Act Regulation
Pump Intake Screening Rules (PDF)
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.)
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
Contact and Locations
Online Applications including:
Suction Dredges in bedrock canyons (PDF) -
Water Sustainability Act main page
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, 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.
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