Prospecting Tool Kit


Summary of Requirements
  • List of Acts and Regulations
  • Key legislation includes:
    -- Metallic & Industrial Minerals Tenure Regulation
    -- Metallic & Industrial Minerals Exploration Regulation
Information Letters & Bulletins
Mineral Assessment Reporting
  •  Interactive Maps
    Mineral disposition information available through an interactive mapping program.  This program allows you to select location, scale and map features and to conduct basic searches.  Updated overnight.

  • Online Maps
    Mineral disposition maps in colour PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.  Default print size 30 x 60 inch.  Updated overnight. 

Alberta Township Survey System
Map Coordinates Convertor
Alberta Mineral Information (AMI)
  • AMI searches - Information on requesting and conducting searches

Alberta Geosciences

Contacts & Other Resources


Prospect With or Without
Crown Mineral Rights




  • Limited prospecting and geophysical surveying is permitted if mineral rights are available and there will be no significant disturbance.
  • Obtain consent from any surface or subsurface leaseholder or landowner.
  • As a safety precaution, inform the local forestry or public lands office of your presence and purpose on Crown Land.
  • Ammonite shell collecting, placer mining and recreational gold panning are not considered prospecting activities in Alberta.
Prospect with Crown Mineral Rights
  • Apply to Coal and Mineral Development, Alberta Energy, for a Crown Metallic and Industrial Mineral Permit to explore in a specified area. See the Exploration Toolkit.
  • Contact Land Administration, Alberta Environment and Parks, for approval to use mechanized equipment and/or disturb land surface during prospecting.
  • Meet work expenditure and assessment reporting requirements to maintain Metallic and Industrial Mineral Permits.