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Permits and New Mines

2016 Permits and New Mines

The Division of Mineral Resources issued 43 permits for new mines and 378 renewals or modifications, for a total of 421 permits. Sand and gravel mines were the most common type of newly-permitted mines in 2016.

Mined Land Reclamation Permits are issued for terms of five years or less and may be renewed. A renewal permit allows continued operation of the mine within approved limits. A modification permit authorizes changes, such as addition of processing equipment or expansion of the mine's surface area or depth beyond the original approved limits.

Permits, 2012-2016

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
New Permits 46 34 28 29 43
Renewals 267 311 302 289 260
Modifications 115 114 134 103 118
Total Permits 428 459 464 421 421

New Mines, 2016

Additional Information:

Mined Land Reclamation Permits Issued in 2016 (PDF, 315 KB)