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Minerals

Placer Mining Land Use – Threshold Table

View placer operation class criteria in the chart below or download a copy of the list 28 KB.

If you exceed Class 2 criteria, you need to apply for Class 3 placer mining land use. If you require a Water Licence, you will need to apply for Class 4 mining land use through the Water Board.

Item

Activity

Class 1 Criteria

Class 2 Criteria

1 Construction of structures other than underground structures Structures without foundations intended for use of not more than 12 consecutive months Structures without foundations
Number of person days per camp Not exceeding 250 Exceeding 250
Number of persons in a camp at any one time Not exceeding 10 More than 10
Storage of fuel, total amount stored Not exceeding 5000 litres Not exceeding 40,000 litres
Storage of fuel, per container Not exceeding 2000 litres Not exceeding 10,000 litres
Construction of lines Not exceeding 1.5 meters in width and cut by hand or with hand held tools only More than 1.5 meters in width or cut with tools that are not hand held
Construction of corridors - width Not exceeding 5 meters in width Not exceeding 5 meters in width
Construction of corridors - length Total length not exceeding 0.5 km Total length not exceeding 0.5 km
Trenching

Total volume not exceeding

(a) 1200 m³ on a group of three adjoining claims in the operation, provided that no claim in the operation forms part of more than one group; or

(b) 400 m³ per claim that is not part of a group of three adjoining claims referred to in paragraph (a)

Exceeding

(a) 1200 m³ on a group of three adjoining claims in the operation, provided that no claim in the operation forms part of more than one group; or

(b) 400 m³ per claim that is not part of a group of three adjoining claims referred to in paragraph (a)

10  Total volume of ditching and drains Total volume not exceeding 250 m3 per claim year Total volume exceeding 250 m3 per claim
11  Area stripped per claim per year Total not exceeding 600 m2 Total not exceeding 1 hectare
12  Establishing new access roads per operation Not authorized Not exceeding 5 km
13  Upgrading of access roads per operation Not authorized Not exceeding 10 km
14  Use of vehicles on existing roads and trails Within the design limits or tolerances of the road or, if design limits or tolerances of roads or trails are not known, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 40 t for roads, and less than 20 t for trails Within the design limits or tolerances of the road or, if design limits or tolerances of roads or trails are not known, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 40 t for roads, and less than 20 t for trails
15  Off-road use of vehicles in summer Low ground pressure vehicles only Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 20 t that are used over a distance of not more than 15 km per year, or with a GVW not exceeding 50 t that are used over a distance of not more than 2.5 km per year
16  Off-road use of vehicles in winter Low ground pressure vehicles or vehicles with a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 40 t, used over a distance of not more than 15 km per year Vehicles other than low ground pressure vehicles, used over a distance of not more than 25 km per year
17  Use of explosives Not exceeding 1,000 kg in any 30 day period More than 1,000 kg in any 30 day period
18  Height of overburden piles Not exceeding 3 meters in height More than 3 meters in height