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Obtain A Mining Lease

The local Mining and Quarrying sector is mainly driven by bauxite and alumina, which generate the most revenue for the sector. However, the sector has become more diversified over the years with the emergence of non-metallic minerals such as limestone, silica sand, marble, marl and fill, and clay. With over 50 billion tonnes of proven limestone reserves, Jamaica’s Mining Sector is excellently positioned to enjoy greater revenue earnings from key opportunities in areas such as the production of limestone and its high-value derivatives.

The Mines and Geology Division (MGD) has the statutory responsibility under the Mining Act and the Quarries Control Act to exercise general supervision over all prospecting, mining and quarrying operations throughout the island. The Division also manages the investigation, characterisation, documentation and release information on all aspects of the geology of Jamaica.

Its mission is to develop a comprehensive scientific understanding of the geology of the island and to direct the orderly development of the country’s mineral industry, ensuring all activities proceed in accordance with the mining legislation and in harmony with the environment. This includes overseeing the processing, approval and issuing of Mining Leases and Quarry Licences. No extraction of materials/minerals through mining or quarrying is permitted    without a license/lease granted by the Minister with responsibility for mining.

For more information about obtaining a Mining Lease, see the next steps of this business process guideline.

How to obtain a Mining Lease

The Process
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1.    A mining lease shall be granted for a specified mineral only.  However, the Minister may in his discretion include other minerals by endorsement on the lease. The holder of a mining lease shall forthwith notify the Commissioner of the discovery of any mineral other than that for which the lease was granted. 

2.    An applicant for a Mining Lease, may at the discretion of the Minister, be granted Temporary Permission to Mine (TPM) for a period of one year. A TPM is normally granted to facilitate mining, if for some reason the application is not complete, or mining will not commence within the next six months. The fee payable for a TPM is JMD$10,000.00 and is renewable on an annual basis for the same sum. 

3.    All mined out lands must be restored within three years to as near as possible as it existed before commencement of mining or be utilised for other uses approved by the Commissioner. The penalty for not doing so is USD$25,000.00 per hectare.

For more information, you may also contact the MGD at “Contact Us”.