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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 government.
Note: You DO NOT use the government's MTO (Mineral Titles Online) mapping applications for applications and reporting (especially for a NOW - Notice Of Work - to apply for a permit for machine digging). Instead, you use iMapBC to make maps.
Mines Act Permit Application
iMapBC Maps and Data Creation
Download the Template File
To download the Template File, go to the government's NOW page Links and click on...
Mines Act Permit Application - iMapBC Project File Templateand save the file on your computer/device.
Start Up iMapBC
Go to the iMapBC page, and scroll down to the Applications section. You can click on either...
Launch iMapBC (Username required)
If the first link doesn't work, you can use the second link and and log in using your BCeID and password.
You Load the Template File
In iMapBC, click on I want to..., and then click either Open or Load to open the Template File. You will have to click "OK" on box that says:
"Uploading a new project will overwrite the currently shown content. Continue?".This just means the Template File will replace any other iMapBC setup stuff you have done since opening the application - it is not about overwriting stuff on your computer.
It is a FrontCounterBC online application. You have to provide a lot of information, including uploading maps and location data.
For information on what is required, and to start a NOW application, see the government's Notice of Work page. See above to download a map project template file.
Small-scale hand mining that will disturb very little ground, and that disturbed ground will be reclaimed, does not require a permit and you do not have to submit a NOW.
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:
For more information, see...
- the BC Placer Machine Digging page
- the Mineral and Coal Exploration Notice of Work Application Companion guidance document
You may want to send a letter that makes this clear.
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