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Division of Mineral Mining

Permitting & Licensing

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How Do I Apply for a New Permit?
The Division of Mineral Mining (DMM) issues mining permits and licenses for all commercial mineral mining operations in the Commonwealth. The permit application includes suitable operating plans to ensure that mining is conducted in an environmentally sound manner.

Before a permit can be issued, applicants must provide suitable operations, drainage, and reclamation plans, which will be reviewed by DMM. A reclamation performance bond must be provided by the permittee to insure that funds are available for DMM to contract final reclamation of the mine in the event that the permittee is unable to complete the reclamation. Through permitting and bonding of mineral mines, reclamation is essentially guaranteed.

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What is the Hearing Process?
Landowners within 1000 feet of the permit boundaries of a new mineral mining permit application may request a public hearing.

How do I Find my Inspector?
DMM inspectors work within assigned geographical areas. You will have a DMM inspector that will provide Operator Assistance, Training and Safety and Reclamation Inspections.

What is the Law?
§ 45.1-181 of Chapter 16 of Title 45.1 of the Code of Virginia states that "It shall be unlawful for any operator to engage in any mining operation in Virginia, without having first obtained from the Department a permit to engage in such operation….". This section further requires that " A permit shall be obtained prior to the start of any mining operation."

§ 45.1-161.292:30 of Chapter 14.1:1 of Title 45.1 of the code of Virginia states that "No person shall engage in the operation of any mineral mine within this Commonwealth without first obtaining a license from the Department. A license shall be required prior to commencement of the operation of a mine. A separate license shall be secured for each mine operated. ….".

What are the General Requirements of the Uranium Exploration Statute?
§ 45.1-274 of Chapter 21 of Title 45.1 of the Code of Virginia states that "It shall be unlawful for any person to commence any exploration activity as defined herein without first obtaining a permit to do so from the Chief...".

Where are the forms?
In an effort to simplify the permitting and licensing requirements the Division of Mineral Mining has combined the permit and license application process into a single Permit Application Package which contains all the necessary forms to obtain a permit. Contents of the required operations, drainage and reclamation plans are outlined on the Permit Application Checklist which is part of the Permit Application Package. We encourage you to use the DMM e-Forms Center to save time, insure accuracy and timeliness.

What are the fees?
Permit fees, license fees and appropriate reclamation bonds are required prior to the issuance of the permit/license. Fees should be payable to "Treasurer of Virginia" and it is advisable to notate the permit number on your payment. Fees can be paid in cash, check, or with credit card. You may use the DMM e-Forms Center to calculate your fees or call the Charlottesville Office at 434-951-6310.