- A non-refundable filing fee of $500.00 is required for each application.
- Applications must be typed or printed in ink. Applications that are incomplete or illegible will be returned.
- An environmental disclosure questionnaire must accompany each application.
- Mineral Leases do not have acreage limitations.
- The maximum term of a mineral lease is twenty (20) years. Most Mineral Leases may be renewed for an additional term or terms as long as producing.
- Lease boundaries, access routes, mine workings, roads, water sources, residences, utilities, etc. much be plotted separately on a USGS Topographic Map.
- The application must be signed by the applicant(s) or an authorized agent. If an agent is filing for the applicant, a notarized Power of Attorney must be filled with the Department. The filing fee for a Power of Attorney is $50.00.
- Approval or denial of a mineral lease takes a minimum of six (6) months.
- A pre-application technical conference is recommended to discuss the application.
- A lease application can only be applied for after a valid exploration permit in the same area has determined the existence of a valuable and economic mineral deposit.
- The application is reviewed by all ASLD divisions, outside agencies and any interested parties.
- Archaeological and Biological surveys and any other applicable permits are submitted for review (three  copies of each and an electronic copy in pdf format).
- Applicant must prepare and submit three (3) copies of a Mineral Development Report (MDR) in white 3-ring binders and an electronic copy in pdf format. All confidential information must be submitted separately in three (3) white 3-ring binders and an electronic copy in pdf format. The MDR must include the following but is not limited to:
a. geologic assessment
b. economic feasibility
c. environmental assessment
d. mining plan of operation
e. reclamation and closure plan
- A surface and mineral appraisal is required to determine lease rents and royalties. Royalties may be based on:
a. a fixed rate subject to annual adjustment; or
b. a sliding-scale rate which is linked to the U.S. Dept. of Labor Producer Price Index and the operation’s break-even price. There is a statutory minimum royalty rate of 2% of gross value; however, most royalties are established at 5% to 6%.
- A bond is established based on the mining plan of operation as described in the MDR.