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Issuance of Mining License

Service Name

Issuance of Mining License

Short Description

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

Full Description

Mining license is a mining right issued to a person who intends to carry on any small-scale mining, artisan mining or large-scale mining is eligible to apply for a mining license. Small-scale mining can only be undertaken by a citizen-owned, citizen-influenced or citizen-empowered company whereas Artisan mining includes a co-operative wholly composed of citizens. 


Mining Rights 

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. Duly completed Form1with 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. Comprehensive statement of mineral deposits in area where license is sought
  5. Proposed programme for mining operations
  6. Environmental Management Plan
  7. Details of expected infrastructure requirement
  8. Proposals for employment and training of citizens of Zambia
  9. Tax clearance certificate
  10. Plan of proposed mine and associated infrastructure
  11. In the case of radioactive minerals a license from the Radiation Protection Authority


User of the service (Citizen or Organization)

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


Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development