About mineral titles

Summary of mineral title types, conditions and fees

Listed below are the types of mineral titles which can be obtained in the Northern Territory and the conditions and fees which apply to each.

Details

Exploration Licence
(EL)

Exploration Licence in Retention (ELR)

Mineral Lease
(ML)

Extractive Mineral Exploration Licence (EMEL)

Extractive Mineral Permit (EMP)

Extractive Mineral Lease
(EML)

Mineral Authority
(MA)

Purpose of title

To explore for minerals

To carry out feasibility study or retain ore body not economically viable

To mine for minerals, and/or erect infrastructure

To explore for extractive minerals

To extract, remove, store or process extractive minerals

To mine for extractive minerals and/or erect infrastructure

To correspond with any mineral title

Maximum area

250 blocks

1 block = 3.22km2

Not to exceed the area of the granted Mineral Exploration Licence

No limit

4 blocks

1 block = 3.22km2

100 hectares

100 hectares

As per corresponding title type

Type of land

Any land

Any land held under applicants granted exploration licence

Any land -special conditions apply to Aboriginal freehold land

Any land

Any land

Any land

Reserved land - general

Term

Up to six years. May be renewed for ongoing periods of up to two years.

Five years - can be renewed more than once

For a term the minister considers appropriate. May be renewed.

Two years, not renewable

Five years - can be renewed more than once

10 years - can be renewed more than once

As deemed appropriate by the minister

Security deposits

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

 Work obligations

To carry out approved exploration program

To be worked subject to licence conditions

To be worked continuously subject to lease conditions

To carry out activities subject to exploration for extractive minerals

To be worked continuously subject to permit conditions

To be worked continuously subject to lease conditions

As per grant conditions

Is it transferable?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Compensation payable to land owners or occupiers

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

May be required

Prior approval for substantial disturbance

Yes

Yes

Yes, subject to lease conditions

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Special provisions

Licensee must relinquish 50% of licence area at end of each two years during the term for which the EL was granted, including the last year if renewal is sought

Must continue to evaluate the commercial viability of the area

Must be surveyed by a licensed surveyor if over 40 hectares.

Under 40 hectares - must be marked out prior to grant.

Rent payable (in advance) for full period of grant

Must be marked out prior to grant

Survey depends on size and location of application. Refer to Part 3 Mineral Titles Regulations.

As per corresponding title type

Annual rent/cost

All are GST exempt

$35 per block years 1 and 2

$71 per block years 3 and 4

$143 per block years 5 and 6

$201 per block each year renewed

$20 per hectare

$20 per hectare

$35 per block per year

$62 per hectare

$258 per hectare

As per corresponding title type

Application fees

$402

$230

$862

$230

$222

$555

As per corresponding title type

Annual administration fee

$287

$230

$230

N/A

$115

$230

As per corresponding title type

Advertising Costs

Costs will vary depending on the type of land tenure and location of the application area.

Refer to the list of rents and fees.

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Last updated: 13 October 2017