Apply for a new minerals permit

Find out how to apply for a new minerals permit and what information you will need to provide.

You need a permit to prospect, explore or mine for minerals that are part of the Crown Mineral Estate. The only exception to this is gold fossicking in some areas in the South Island.

Gold fossicking

A permit does not give you a right to access the land it covers. Generally, for exploration and mining activities, permit holders must arrange land access with the landowner/s and occupier/s. Find out more information in the factsheet below.

Land access factsheet [PDF 713KB]

Before you apply

Know what type of permit you are applying for

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals issues permits to prospect, explore and mine Crown-owned minerals. They are defined in the Crown Minerals Act 1991 and the Minerals Programme for Minerals (Excluding Petroleum) 2013.

Minerals permits are classified as either Tier 1 or Tier 2.

Find out more about types of minerals permits and the different classifications on the page below.

Types of minerals permits

Get familiar with the relevant legislation, rules and regulations

Look at the relevant legislation for your permit type. This includes the Crown Minerals Act 1991, the Crown Minerals (Minerals Other than Petroleum) Regulations 2007 and the Minerals Programme for Minerals (excluding Petroleum) 2013.

Legislation we act under

Refer to Crown Minerals (Minerals Other than Petroleum) Regulations 2007 when making your application:

Collect information and prepare supporting documents for your application

The information you need to provide in your application depends on the type of permit you are applying for.

All permit applicants will need to provide supporting information with their application. This includes:

  • personal information
  • financial information, and
  • details of the proposed work programme.

We are in the process of creating supporting information templates to help you fill out your new minerals permit.

In the meantime, refer to the following documents when gathering supporting information for your application:

Minerals Application Guide [XLSX 25KB]

Minerals Programme for Minerals (Excluding Petroleum) 2013 [PDF 2.6MB]

  • Chapter 8 for prospecting permits
  • Chapter 9 for exploration permits
  • Chapter 10 for mining permits

It is important to provide all the supporting information required in your application. Your application may be delayed or rejected if you don’t provide all the information needed to support your application.

Apply for your minerals permit

Fill out your application

Use the online permitting system to apply for your permit. You will need a RealMe login to use the system. You can save your application as you go and come back to it at any time.

Online permitting system

Or you can complete a new permit application form and email it into us:

Download new permit application form [PDF 353KB]

Attach your supporting information to your application, including proof of payment.

Pay the correct fee

Application type Fee
Minerals prospecting permit $3,450.00 including GST
Minerals exploration permit $3,450.00 including GST
Minerals mining permit Tier 1 - $16,675 including GST
Tier 2 - $5,750 including GST

Information about how to pay for your application is provided in the online permitting system or in the application form. You must pay your application fee by credit card through the online permitting system.

After you apply

We will contact you to say your application has been received.

If your application does not include all the required information, it is incomplete and it will not be accepted for processing. In this case a refund of your application fee will be considered.

When your application is considered complete and valid it will enter our queue and await allocation for assessment.

We will assess your application and contact you if we require more information.

Privacy Act

The personal information you must include in your application is needed to process your application under the Act. You have the right under the Privacy Act 2020 and/or the Official Information Act 1982 to access information held about you by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals and request that this information be corrected if necessary.

Contact us

We can provide information on how to apply for a permit. If you have a question, contact us.

Contact us

If you want advice on the Act, regulations, or Mineral Programmes we suggest you seek independent professional advice.

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