Can I camp on my placer claim in BC?
It is important to note that a placer claim or lease can only be used for the purpose of placer exploration and mining. This is not to say that you can’t do a little fishing after working on your claim that day, but a placer claim cannot be used as a recreation site.
How much does a mineral claim cost in BC?
Mineral & Placer Title Fees
|Mineral & Placer Claims||Fee|
|Mineral – Required Payment Amount:|
|First and second anniversary years||$10.00 per hectare per year|
|Third and fourth anniversary years||$20.00 per hectare per year|
|Fifth and sixth anniversary year||$30.00 per hectare per year|
How do I get a gold claim in BC?
If you have a Free Miner Certificate, you can get a new Placer Claim in BC by clicking on MTO grid cells on the Mineral Titles Online (“MTO”) mapping system and whipping out your credit card. The size of the cells varies (see below), but they are roughly 20 hectares.
Where can I find placer gold deposits?
The most common places to find placer gold is on the river beds. Usually when a gold-bearing vain get exposed due to weathering of the top rocks and other forces of nature the gold in the vain doesn’t move far from the source.
Can you build on a placer claim?
You may not construct, place, or maintain any kind of building or other structure, road, trail, fence or enclosure, and place or store equipment without the prior approval of a plan of operation from the Forest Service. Prospecting and exploration activities usually do not justify the use of such structures.
Can you gold pan anywhere in BC?
You can pan for gold in any stream in BC if you use only a shovel and a gold pan, and you are not on/in a claim/lease, park, private property, reserve or First Nations land. See Hand Panning for more information. You may want to see the Placer Areas page and the Opportunities page.
How long is a placer claim good for?
The maximum period is 90 days from the staking of a claim or site on the ground. However, some states require earlier filings, such as 30 or 60 days from the date of location.
Can you live on a placer claim?
A miner has the right only to the minerals; he may not live on the land without permission. If a cabin is located on a new claim, it belongs to the BLM and may not be used by the miner. A mining claim may also be staked on certain Forest Service (USFS) land, with much of the same requirements.
How much is a placer claim?
FEES – NEW CLAIMS LOCATED ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
|Claim Type||DOCUMENT NEEDED||PER CLAIM FEE|
|Placer Claims||Notice of Location||Processing Fee – $20 Location Fee – $40 Maintenance Fee – $165 for each 20 acres or portion thereof|
Is placer gold worth anything?
Placer gold does have value, if you want it to be worth more, you just have to find a large amount of it. Gold is considered a currency, even those pieces that are not refined down into gold bars or coins. As such, the value of the gold does fluctuate every year and even daily in some cases.
Can I build a cabin on my mining claim?
What is placer mining in BC?
This website is about placer mining in BC – finding and mining gold that has been deposited by moving water. It is not about “hard rock” mining in solid rock. Placer mining can be as simple as using a shovel and a gold panin a creek.
Is BC a good place to work as a placer?
The laws, fees and inspectors in BC are generally very friendly towards individuals and small operations. The Ministryknows that you and your buddy working a placer claim aren’t likely to add a lot to the wealth of the province, but you may discover a large, rich deposit that does.
What is a Mines Act permit for placer mines?
A Mines Act permit is a permission to operate a mine within certain operating conditions. All applications for permits for placer mines are submitted as a Notice of Work (NOW). Need help with a Mines Act permit?
How do I get into placer mining?
To get into placer mining (even recreational hand panning), you really need to learn how to use the MTO Mapping system, if only to find out where there are claims. It looks complicated because it can do a lot, but it is pretty easy to use. Click on the MTO Maps etc.link in the main menu, above, and then click on the Making Mapslink.