Placer Mining in BC
Applications, Giving Notice and Reporting
For Placer Miners in BC
I am not an expert on mining law - I am just trying to help.
Use the information in this website at your own risk.
See the Notice at the bottom of this page.
There are applications and reporting that a miner must do to
maintain (ie. renew) a claim, get permits, and generally satisfy the
Some applications and reporting involve maps that can be made with the
MTO mapping System.
Some Notices and Reporting Before Doing Work
- a Notice of Work (NOW) to get a
Reclamation Permit. It is a FrontCounterBC online
The standard practice (which is a little different than what
it says in Section 10 of the Mines Act) is that an operation
must apply for a NOW if it involves:
or requires a permit or licence for:
- machine digging
or otherwise disturbing more than a small amount of ground
or building a road
Small-scale hand operations that involve minimal disturbance that
will be reclaimed do not require submitting a NOW (according to
people that I have spoken to at various
Regional Mining Offices).
For more information, see the
Machine Digging page.
- Landowner Notification Section 19 of the
Mineral Tenure Act, available on the
Legislation page, requires a person to notify landowners
before entering private land for any mining activity. The
Landowner Notification page has links to
Legislation, Information, Procedures and Forms. It is reached from
Forms: Mineral & Placer Titles page.
Some Notices and Reporting After Doing Work
A placer claim is maintained (renewed for another year) by either
registering and then reporting work done on the claim, or paying cash
instead. See the
page for details.
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