Licence Application Process

EXPLORATION AND RECONNAISSANCE LICENCES

1. Exploration Licence

  • Maximum Area: 250 sq km
  • Duration: Nine (9) years maximum, as follows:
  • Initial period of 4years and two renewals of 3 years and 2 years respectively.
  • Operation: Testing the mineral bearing qualities of the land, define the extent and determine the economic value of mineral deposits using approved exploration methods as stipulated in the Mines and Minerals Act 2009.
  • Approving Body: Application certified by the Minerals Advisory Board and approved by Minister.

2. Reconnaissance Licence

  • Maximum Area: 10,000 Square Kilometers
  • Duration: 1 year and renewable 1 time for year
  • Operation: Surface level sample collection and airborne reconnaissance activities
  • Approving Body
  • Minister’s Approval required for first year. Minerals Advisory Board (MAB) certification required for subsequent year.

Please download the guide to complete application process here: Reconnaissance and Exploration Licences


SMALL-SCALE AND LARGE SCALE MINING LICENCES

1. Small-scale Mining Licences

  • Maximum Area: 100 hectares (1 square kilometer)
  • Duration: 3years, renewable for another 3years period
  • Operation: mechanised operations NOT exceeding twenty metres in depth or involving the sinking of shafts, driving of adits, or other various underground openings
  • Approving Body: Application certified by the Minerals Advisory Board (MAB) and approved by Minister.

2. Large-scale Mining Licences

  • Maximum Area: 125 square kilometers
  • Duration: Granted for an initial period of 25years and renewable for 15years period
  • Operation: Any safe & approved mining method
  • Approving Body: Application certified by the Minerals Advisory Board and approved by Minister.

Please download the guide to complete application process here: Small-scale and Large-scale Mining Licences


MINERAL DEALERS AND EXPORTERS LICENCES

  • Duration: Yearly (12 months) and in special circumstances Half yearly (Six-months)
  • Operation: A Dealer or his/her Agent shall be required to buy precious minerals only from artisanal or small-scale mining lease holder and sell to any exporter.
  • Approving Body: Licence approved by the Director of Mines.

Please download the guide to complete application process here:  Mineral Dealers and Exporters Licences