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Permits and New Mines


The Division issued 34 permits for new mines and 425 renewals or modifications, for a total of 459 permits. Sand and gravel mines were the most common type of newly-permitted mines in 2013.

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, 2009-2013

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
New Permits 34 39 26 46 34
Renewals 319 260 266 267 311
Modifications 185 117 102 115 114
Total Permits 538 416 394 428 459

New Mines, 2013

Graph showing New Mines by Commodity, 2013

Additional Information:

Mined Land Reclamation Permits Issued in 2013 (PDF,148 KB)