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Issuance of Exploration License

Service Name

Issuance of Exploration License

Short Description

A license issued by the Director of Mining Cadastral in the prescribed form upon payment of the prescribed fees for Small Scale and Large Scale exploration.

Full Description

Exploration License is an exploration right issued for small-scale exploration as well as large-scale exploration. The exploration license is valid for an initial period of four years and may, on its expiry after four years, be renewed for two further periods not exceeding three years each. 


Mineral Exploration 

Supporting documents

A downloaded PDF File will have to be completed by the prospective applicant. Depending on the type of applicant the following are supporting documents;

  1. A duly completed Form1 with geographical coordinates of the area of interest which should fit the predefined cadastral grid
  2. For individuals, certified copy of National Registration Card or Passport
  3. For companies, certified copy of Certificate of Registration, Articles of Association and Shareholders /Directors details
  4. Statement of the minerals to be searched for
  5. Environmental Commitment Plan
  6. Proposed prospecting operations and indication of investment commitment
  7. Proposal for employment and training of Zambians
  8. Tax clearance certificate
  9. Proposal for the promotion of local business development 


User of the service (Citizen or Organisation)

  • Individual Applicant (Citizen, Resident)
  • Business organization (Business) 


Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development