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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.If you have a Free Miner Certificate, you can get a claim on private land, and you can, with restrictions, use private land for placer mining activities.
There are many rules, including limits on where you can go.
The same rules apply to Crown Land Leases. On this page, "private land" means both.
The simple approach is to stay off private land. This works in much of the Cariboo and Omineca, but not along parts of the Fraser River.
To see private land on MTO maps, see the Private Land section of the Making Maps page.
It seems that you don't need the landowner's consent, but if the owner objects, you can't enter the land until you make an agreement.
The rules are set up to give the owner time to object, and then make an agreement without anyone starting a lawsuit.
If the landowner objects, steps are followed until you get an agreement...
Information Update No. 7 - A Guide to Surface and Subsurface Rights and Responsibilities in British Columbia (PDF) is about the whole process for you and the landowner
Information Update No. 29b - Notice Requirements for Mining Activities on Private Land and Land Act Leases (PDF) is about giving notice, what to do if you can't, online tools to find private land and owners, and applying costs to the work required to renew your claim
Landowner Notification page has another good summary about entering private land, plus links to an FAQ, how to find out who owns land, some online tools, and the two forms to do with giving notice - for the forms, see the links at the bottom of this page.
Mining Right of Way Act is about using existing roads and build roads on private land
APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION (PDF) that you use if you can't serve notice to the landowner
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