Obtaining Mining Permits and why they are Necessary

    Mine permits are necessary if any sort of extraction and processing of minerals such as gold, silver, uranium, precious metals, coal, bentonite, dimension stone, and decorative stone is intended on being carried out. Large scale mine permits are mandatory for operations that affect over a certain amount of acres or mine more than a certain amount of tons of material per year (find out information on exact amounts in the state or country lived in) in the case of operations that utilize cyanide or other biological or chemical leaching agents. Small scale mine permits are issued for operations that go under certain amounts as well. The mining of sand, gravel, rock to be crushed and that is going to be utilized in construction, pegmatite minerals, limestone, iron ore, sand, gypsum, shale or limestone that is used to make cement, or dredging for commercial resale all also have need of a mining license. The only type of mining that does not require of a permit consists of recreational or weekend mining, (obviously there are only certain places where this can be carried out so that will need to be looked into) gold panning, and collecting of minerals in which hand held equipment is utilized such as gold pans, sluices, picks, shovels, metal detectors etc., does not have the need of permits. If portable dredges are to be utilized however, as well as any other mechanized equipment, then a mining permit will be necessary even in the cases where these are being utilized for recreational or weekend mining.