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British Columbia proposes charging Mines Act permit fees for all mines in the province -- comments needed

March 16, 2014

The British Columbia (Canada) Ministry of Energy and Mines is proposing charging Mines Act permit fees for all mines in the province.

The proposed fees are as follows:

$2,000 for small-scale placer and mineral/coal exploration disturbing less than 1 hectare

$4,000 for medium-scale placer and mineral/coal exploration disturbing less than 3 hectares

$6,000 for large-scale placer and mineral/coal exploration disturbing 3 hectares or more

$4,000 for sand and gravel operations

$5,000 for custom mills

$6,000 for rock and industrial mineral quarries

$40,000 for all operations requiring a review under Section 9 of the Mines Act

$300,000 for large-scale major mines, expansions, and permit amendments

$100,000 for major mines, expansions and permit amendments

$10,000 for minor permit amendments to major mines

The complete proposal is available online (pdf document) on our website, and it includes instructions for submitting comments.

Comments are due by March 31, 2014.

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