Mining permission

As a company, would you like to explore a specific area and for raw materials within a specified period of time? Then you need permission to do so.

A mining permit is required for the exploration of mountain-free mineral resources. Mountain-free are e.B. natural gas and oil, coal and lignite, potash salts and also all metal ores.

The permit grants the holder the exclusive right to visit a mountain-free soil treasure within a specific field (permission field).

There are three types of mining permits:

  • Permission for commercial purposes (exclusive right to discover deposits and determine their extent)
  • Permission for large-scale search (to determine characteristics of possible occurrences)
  • Permission for scientific purposes (for scientific purposes only)

The mining permit may be transferred from one rightholder to another, as well as extended or revoked. Permits which are not used in accordance with the work programme may also be revoked by the mining authority.

In order to implement the planned measures, an operational plan is also required, the approval of which must be requested from the mining authority.

  • information on the management as well as company name and registered office,
  • the extract of the commercial register is to be described as the type of mineral resources to be visited.
  • The field must be displayed in a map. The type of presentation and design of the storage ice iss is determined by the Documentation Mountain Ordinance.
  • The applicant must undertake to notify the results of the visit to the mining authority immediately after completion, at the latest when the permit expires.
  • In addition, proof may be required by means of an expert's opinion that the discovered mineral resources are recoverable according to their location and nature. This requires information on the content, condition, depth of the deposit and technical extraction possibilities. Where appropriate, an expert's expert's opinion may also be considered
  • In the case of a permit for scientific purposes or for large-scale exploration, the applicant must undertake to participate in the search of the requested field for holders of mining permits.
  • A work programme is also needed. It must be set out in this to show that the planned search work is sufficient and will be carried out within a reasonable period of time. The work programme submitted is a key criterion for deciding on authorisation. Reference should be made to previous searches.
  • Depending on the planned timing of the search work, the period for which the permit is requested, which may not exceed five years, shall be indicated.
  • Evidence of technical performance can be provided, for example, by describing mining activities over the last five years or by means of a declaration showing the equipment and equipment available.
  • Financial capacity can normally be demonstrated by specifying the extent to which expenditure is financed from own resources, loans or public subsidies by declaring that the funds are also available for the re-use of the surface. The information shall be credible. Where appropriate, balance sheets, bank information, loan commitments and the like may be attached which must comply with the work programme.
  • There are no application forms.
  • Maps and position cracks are to be created on a scale of 1:25,000, 1:50,000 or 1:100,000.
  • The online procedure is possible. The written form is required in any case.
  • A personal appearance is not necessary.


  • Interested companies must submit an application for approval to the mining authority. This application contains information on:
    • the company,
    • the size of the prospecting area (including map material),
    • the planned work programme, with information on the timing,
    • estimated costs as well as
    • the technical measures envisaged.
  • The company must prove in writing that it is financially and professionally able to carry out a mining exploration and subsequent extraction of raw materials.


The granting of a permit does not yet entitle the applicant to actual exploration or dismantling work. Approved mining plans are necessary for technical measures. These operating plans are decided by the Mining Authority on the basis of the Federal Mining Act (BBergG) and the Administrative Procedure Act (VwVfG), with the participation of the municipalities concerned as planning bodies and the authorities concerned in their area of responsibility. Environmental concerns based on environmental law, such as.B. water law, nature conservation law, immission protection law are also evaluated.

Permission is an exclusive right to third parties, i.e. no one but the permit holder may carry out searches in this field for the granted land treasure.

As for the procurement procedure, the legislator has stipulated that no public involved. Only after the decision has been issued may the mining authority inform the public.

The mining authority has published all issued permission fields geographically with additional information (owner, size, etc.) on a map server.

  • Map server
  • Information on rights

Related Links

  • Section 3 federal mountain law (BBergG)
  • Section 6 Federal Mountain Act (BbergG)
  • Section 7 federal mountain law (BBergG)
  • Section 10 federal mountain law (BbergG)
  • Section 11 federal mountain law (BbergG)
  • Section 12 federal mountain law (BbergG)
  • Section 19 federal mountain law (BbergG)
  • Section 22 federal mountain law (BbergG)
  • Section 52 ff federal mountain law (BbergG)
  • Section 62 federal mountain law (BbergG)
  • Section 1 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Section 2 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Section 3 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Section 4 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Section 5 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Section 6 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Section 7 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Section 8 Documents Mountain Ordinance (DocumentsBergV)
  • Administrative regulation of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Transport concerning procedures for issuing permits and permits in accordance with the Federal Mining Act

Please compile the necessary evidence for your application. Please submit the application documents in full and sign with the mining authority.

Public interest bodies, such as counties and municipalities, are involved in the audit procedure. In doing so, the mining authority determines, among other things, whether public interests exclude a search or promotion in the entire field to be allocated or applied for.

The electronic form is excluded for permission. In any case, you will receive the permit notice for the search of mountain-free raw materials in writing. Therefore, you must also submit the cards and cracks that are part of the permit notice in writing.

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