Placer Mining Tool Kit
To produce gold and other Crown-owned placer minerals from Alberta's rivers and streams using a sluicebox or other mechanized equipment.
|Apply for a Placer Mining Licence
- Complete and send in application form with payment, or drop off in Edmonton or Calgary. Licences can be issued immediately only if applying in person at the Coal and Mineral Development Unit office in Edmonton. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday; 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The office is closed for statutory holidays.
- Fee is $50.00 plus G.S.T. for a 5 year licence, payable to the Government of Alberta.
|Find out When and Where You May Go
- Check the Regulation (Schedule 1)
- Check with Alberta Environment and Parks for water advisories and warnings.
- Obtain permission from landowner or occupant to pass through occupied land.
|Sluice for Gold and other Precious Minerals
- Maximum 14 days in one place.
- Leave an appropriate distance between operators.
- Recreational gold panning in Alberta's rivers and streams using hand-held, non-mechanized equipment does not require a mineral agreement or licence.
- Placer mining in Alberta's rivers and streams, using a sluice box or other mechanized equipment, requires a Metallic and Industrial Minerals Licence.
- Placer mining of Crown-owned placer minerals in other locations, such as from sand and gravel pits, requires a Metallic and Industrial Mineral Secondary Mineral Lease.
- Placer mining in rivers and streams using dredging techniques is prohibited in Alberta.
|A Lucky Strike?
- Pay royalty if more than one troy ounce of precious metals produced and sold in a year.
- You may wish to apply for a Metallic and Industrial Mineral Permit to explore or prospect in the area. See the Exploration or Prospecting Toolkit.