Apply for a mining permit

About applying for a mining permit

If you want to conduct mining operations you need to obtain a mining permit from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).

A mining permit is a document issued by the DMR which allows you to conduct mining operations.
No person is allowed to mine without a mining permit.
Mining permits are not transferable. They are aimed at controlling prospecting and mining, having regard to considerations for health and safety, environmental management and the responsible extraction of minerals.

A mining permit is valid for the period specified on the permit, but may not exceed two years. It may however be renewed for three more periods of no more than a year each.

A mining permit may only be issued if:
  • the mineral in question can be mined optimally for two years
  • the mining area does not exceed 1.5m²  in extent. 

What you should do

  1. Apply online
  2. Pay the prescribed, non-refundable fee online.
  3. The system will accept the application if all requirements have been met.
  4. Once your application has been accepted, the regional manager will request that you submit an environmental management plan and consult with the landowner and legal occupier of the land as well as any other affected party.
  5. Submit a written outcome of the consultation to the regional manager within 30 days.
  6. The Minister of Mineral Resources will issue a mining permit if all the requirements have been met. 

How long does it take

The South African Mineral Resources Administration System will inform you immediately if your application has been accepted (this means you have met all the requirements).


How much does it cost

  • The costs are determined by the Regulations to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and are non-refundable.
  • The application fees are prescribed by the Regulations to the MPRDA.

Forms to complete

All applications should be done online.

Last modified
06 Feb 2014