Licences: Coal Titles

Information for coal clients on how to submit their coal licence application, what documents are required and information about issuance of the coal licence. Once issued, what to expect for rental payment and a coal licence term extension.

An application for a coal licence must be accompanied by the following: 

For more detailed information please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

The coal licence application form allows for the submission of one (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

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The coal licence application form automatically calculates the application fees and rental payments due for a coal licence application.  

A coal licence application is not reviewed until payment is received by the office of the Chief Gold Commissioner.

Once the application is received a review is conducted.  Any deficiencies are determined and corrected by the client prior to the application being accepted for recording.

An applicant may request to amend an application by removing units from the application area according to the Coal Act Regulation. 

Refunds 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.

Once accepted, applications are issued a tenure number and added to the coal map.

A land status of the application area is conducted to determine if the coal rights are held by the crown.  If the application is over crown owned coal, land referrals are sent out to numerous agencies, as well as any First Nations in the application area. The applicant may be contacted if issues or amendments to the application are required.

Once information is received by the Mineral Titles office, the Chief Gold Commissioner synthesizes this information to determine whether to issue the coal licence. 

Documents are sent to the applicant for signing. Issued licences are added to the coal map and the application tenure is removed.

Refer to section 13 of the Coal Act for complete information about terms and extensions.

A licence is valid for a term of one year from the date of its issue.

If a licensee complies during the term of the licence with every provision of the Coal Act, a request for an extension to the term of the licence must be made for further one year terms. 

Before the licence's term expires, you must submit the following: