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Applying for the first mining permit


With a mining permit, you are the only one allowed to visit and mine the granted mineral resources in a defined area. To do this, you must submit an application to the competent mining authority.

With a permit, you may not yet implement any technical measures, such as drilling or the removal of soil layers. The permit is merely a legal title conferring on you the exclusive right to mine certain mineral resources within a defined area. The extracted mineral resources then become your property. If you want to implement the mining technically, you must submit further applications, for example for the approval of operating plans, to the competent authority. Only when these have been approved by the responsible mining authority, you may carry out such mining measures.

The mining permit extends to so-called mine-free mineral resources, which are of particular economic importance. These include energy raw materials such as hard coal and lignite or crude oil and natural gas, but also metals, salts, geothermal energy and lithium.

The area to which the permit relates is limited at the surface of the earth and theoretically extends to the center of the earth.

In order to receive the permit, certain conditions must be met:

  • You must specify the mineral resources you intend to seek out and mine.
  • You or your representatives must have the necessary legal reliability.
  • You must demonstrate that you can provide the necessary funding.
  • You must demonstrate that your project does not endanger the exploration and extraction of mine-free or land-owned mineral resources.
  • Your project must not adversely affect mineral resources whose protection is in the public interest.
  • Your project must not affect overriding public interests that preclude the search in the entire field to be allocated, such as the environment and species protection.
  • You must specify the exact locations where you discovered the mineral resources according to location and depth in a repository.
  • The field in which you want to extract the mineral resources must
    • form a section of the earth's body, which is bounded by straight lines on the surface and by perpendicular planes according to depth, unless the boundaries of the area of application, such as state or federal borders, require a different course.
    • be drawn on a map with an appropriate scale, and
    • be marked on a map that meets the requirements of the Unterlagen-Berg-Verordnung (DocumentsBergV).
  • They must prove that it is possible to extract the discovered mineral resources due to their location and nature.
  • They must submit a work programme which:
    • describes the nature, purpose and scope of your project, and
    • which shows, in particular, that the technical implementation and the necessary underground and surface facilities are sufficient and that the extraction of mineral resources takes place within a reasonable time.
  • Application for authorisation
  • Work programme containing the following information:
    • Description of the planned technical execution of the extraction
    • Period for which you apply for authorisation
    • planned financial expenditure
    • Estimated timetable for extraction activities
  • Information on the management as well as company name and registered office
  • Excerpt from the commercial register
  • Proof that the discovered mineral resources are recoverable according to their location and nature, including information on the contents, nature, depth of the deposit and technical extraction possibilities
  • Proof of your financial capacity, e.g. balance sheets, bank information, credit commitments showing the extent to which the expenses are financed from own resources, loans or public grants
  • A map made by a mine surveyor, which is created according to the criteria of the Documentation Mining Ordinance.
    • The number of application copies depends on the number of federal states, districts and other institutions to be involved. Mining licences are not granted across national borders.
    • Scale 1:5.000, 1:10.000 or 1:25.000.

The duration of a permit depends largely on the mineral resources and the predicted occurrence.

Authorisations are granted for a limited period of time, which must be appropriate for the planned extraction to be carried out. 50 years may only be exceeded if this is necessary in view of the investments usually required for extraction.

If you do not start mining within 3 years of the permit being issued, the permit may be revoked. The same applies if you interrupt your extraction work for more than 3 years.

  • Objection processed by the competent mining authority
  • if necessary, subsequent action at the administrative court

Please contact the State Office for Geology and Mining.

  • Written form required: Yes
  • Online services available: Yes

You can apply for the permit online via the "BergPass" platform or in writing to your local mining authority.

Apply for a permit online via the "BergPass" platform:

  • Go to the online platform "BergPass" and log in.
    • To register, you need a bundID and an identity card or residence permit with an active online ID function.
  • Call up the application and fill it out completely and truthfully.
  • Upload the required documents as a file and submit the application.

Apply for a permit in writing to the competent mining authority:

  • Contact your local mining authority and coordinate the necessary application documents.
  • Submit the application and all required documents by post to your local mining authority.

Further procedural steps:

  • The competent authority will examine your application and the documents submitted. If documents are missing, the authority will contact you.
  • The mining authority alone decides on the approval, but usually carries out a participation: If your work programme contains measures and areas that affect the remit of other authorities or the municipalities as planning authorities, it then distributes it to all authorities affected by the project.
  • You will receive a notification by post informing you of the decision on your application. In addition, the notification is sent electronically to the respective mailbox (bundID or ELSTER company account) in advance and information is displayed in BergPass.
  • You will also receive a cost notice. Pay the fees.

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture Rhineland-Palatinate (MWVLW)

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