Coal Titles: Forms
Note: Refer to the specific instructions in the text that accompanies each form for correct procedures and submission.
All cheques and money orders for recording fees are made payable to the "Minister of Finance".
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- Coal Licence Application
- Coal Lease Application
- Landowner Notification (PDF)
- Surface Rights Board (Mediation and Arbitration)
- Notice of Work Form & Schedules
- Reserve Site Request Form
Coal Licence Application Form (PDF, 2.3MB)
Application for licence, per licence
An application for a coal licence is made to the Minister and must be accompanied by all of the following:
- The prescribed application fee;
- The prescribed rent in respect of location;
- a plan and description of the location under Section 11 of the Coal Act;
The coal licence application form allows for the submission of 1 coal licence per application form, and each licence can be up to a maximum of 20 adjoining units. The boundaries of a licence must conform to the grid as established by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act . The size of one unit of the PNG grid increases in size from 65 hectares to 85 hectares from northern to southern British Columbia. The mandatory field “FLNRO Region” (Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Lands Region) will determine the hectares used to calculate the first year’s rental payment.
- 85 hectares will be used as an average for the West Coast Region, South Coast Region, Thompson/Okanagan Region and Kootenay/Boundary Region.
- 75 hectares will be used as an average for the Skeena Region, Omineca Region and Northeast Region.
The coal licence application form is a PDF document which must be completed and emailed with all attachments to Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca. Please include Coal Licence Application in the subject line. After emailing a coal licence application form and attachments, payment of the application fee and first year rental is due within 15 days. The coal licence application form automatically calculates the application fees and rental payments due for a coal licence application. Payment must be submitted by cheque made out to the Minister of Finance and mailed to the office of the Chief Gold Commissioner, PO Box 9322 Stn Prov Govt, 4th Floor, 1810 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9N3. A coal licence application is not accepted until payment is received by the office of the Chief Gold Commissioner.
After submitting a coal licence application, an applicant may request to amend an application by removing units from the application area according to the Coal Act Regulation. In the case of such an amendment, a refund of the first year rental fees for the units removed from the coal licence application will not be processed until the remainder of the coal licence application has been adjudicated by the Chief Gold Commissioner.
Coal Lease Application Form (PDF, 1.1MB)
Application for Lease
**Note: The size of one unit increases in size from 65 hectares to 85 hectares from northern to southern British Columbia**
A coal lease is a tenure vehicle designed to allow large-scale mining operations. A coal lease is acquired when an operation moves to its production phase.
The boundaries of a lease must conform to the boundaries of coal licence locations.
An application for a coal lease is made to the Minister and must be accompanied by all of the following:
- The prescribed application fee;
- A prescribed rent in respect of the location;
- A plan and description of the location under Section 17 of the Coal Act;
- A plan of operations showing the exploration, development and production to be carried out on the location during the term of the lease, supported by the data, feasibility studies and other information the minister by require, under the regulations.
The Board assists in resolving disputes between landowners and companies that require access to private land to explore for, develop, or produce Crown-owned subsurface resources such as oil, gas, coal, minerals and geothermal.
Section 19 of the Mineral Tenure Act provides the means to settle a dispute between the recorded holder of a mineral or placer title and the owner or other person having a material interest in the surface of the land on which the mineral or placer title is located.
If the two parties are unable to resolve the dispute on their own, application may be made by either to the Chief Gold Commissioner. If the Chief Gold Commissioner is unsuccessful in assisting the parties to reach agreement, application may then be made to the Surface Rights Board, enclosing a copy of the report of the Chief Gold Commissioner.
The Surface Rights Board has the authority under Section 19 (4) of the Act to settle disputes arising from the right of entry, use or occupation, security, rent and compensation with respect to free miners or recorded holders entering and disturbing private land. Priority may be given to the right first acquired. The Board's Order is legally binding on all parties. The Order may be appealed in the Supreme Court.