Mines Act Permit & Inspection Fees

Budget 2015 introduced permit fees for mines in B.C. and increased inspection fees, effective April 1, 2015.

Permit fees are charged for some applications for new permits and to amend existing permits for major mines, large pits and quarries, and very large placer mines. The fees will enable government to assign the proper resources to provide the services needed and ensure a timely permitting model is maintained.

Mines Fee Regulation

The Mines Fee Regulation (PDF, 803KB) contains the Permit Fees and Inspection Fees for mines in B.C.  

Permit Fees

New Permit Fees will be required for applications for some new permits and for amendments to some existing permits. Permit Fees will apply to major mines, large pits and quarries and high-volume placer mines. The fees will not apply to the exploration sector, low tonnage pits and quarries and about 90% of all placer mines.

Inspection Fees

Inspection Fees are also effective April 1, 2015.  Mine, pit and quarry operators currently pay these annual mine inspection fees to cover the cost of inspections. On April 1, 2015 payroll based fees will increase from $0.52 per $100 to $0.70 per $100 of assessed annual earnings, and tonnage-based fees will increase 50%.

Consultation on Permit Fees

The 2012 Mineral Exploration and Mining Strategy (PDF, 2.7MB) committed that the Province would explore cost-recovery options in order to ensure the permitting process remains timely and efficient. The Ministry of Energy and Mines undertook extensive consultation in developing options for a sustainable funding model which recognizes the value of government’s authorization activities to industry and the overall benefits of a well-regulated mineral exploration and mining sector to British Columbians. Through consultation, including a formal public comment period, the fee structures were modified.