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Apply In-Person:

  1. To Apply for Mining license or Permit, the applicant has to make their application via Department of Mines
  2. An application form will be provided to the applicant by the concerned officer.
  3. The applicant must fill in all the necessary details in the application form. (Incomplete applications are not accepted)
  4. Make sure that the applicant has attached all the necessary documents that are mentioned in the “Required Documents” section of this page.
  5. The applicant must attach the photocopies of the required documents along with the application form while submitting.
  6. Submit all the documents with the completed form to the concerned officer.
  7. The applicant must pay the prescribed fee as requested by the authority.
  8. After receiving the application, the concerned authority will check the submitted application and document set. If all are in place, the application will be accepted.
  9. All applications are processed within a reasonable time, having regard to the circumstances of each application, including the completeness of information and documents submitted to the authority by the applicant.
  10. The authority may seek additional information from an applicant if this is necessary to assess the application. The authority does not need to deal further with an application until the applicant has provided this additional information.
  11. The regulatory authority will review the application and may conduct site visits or inspections to assess the feasibility and environmental impact of the proposed mining project. They may also request additional information or documentation during the review process.
  12. If the application meets all the necessary requirements and is approved by the regulatory authority, you will be granted a mining license.
  13. The license will specify the terms and conditions for the mining operation, including the duration of the license, production requirements, and any other obligations that must be fulfilled during the mining process.
  14. This entire process can be completed within 3 to 6months or as per the timeline advised by the respective department authority.


Required Documents[edit]

  • A completed application forms
  • Proof of Legal Entity
  • Mining Plan
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report
  • Financial Statements
  • Proof of Technical Competence
  • Land Rights Documentation
  • Community Engagement Plan
  • Health and Safety Plan
  • Compliance Certificates
  • Background check
  • Geological map

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Federal Ministry of Energy, Mining, and Industry
Address: Musala 2, 71000 Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone: +387 33 278 700


  • The applicant must be a legal entity or a registered company with the appropriate legal standing to engage in mining activities. This might involve being a corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship, depending on the requirements of the jurisdiction.
  • Applicants are generally required to demonstrate a clear understanding of and compliance with all relevant mining laws, regulations, and environmental standards in the area where they intend to conduct mining operations.
  • The applicant must demonstrate the financial capacity to undertake the proposed mining operation. This might involve providing evidence of sufficient funds to cover the costs associated with exploration, development, and operation of the mine, as well as any potential environmental reclamation or remediation efforts.
  • The applicant may be required to demonstrate technical competence in mining operations, including having qualified personnel with the necessary expertise and experience to carry out the proposed activities safely and efficiently.
  • The applicant must have the necessary rights to access and use the land where the mining activities will take place. This might involve obtaining permission from landowners or securing leases or agreements with relevant authorities.
  • Applicants may need to demonstrate that they are in good legal standing with no history of non-compliance with mining regulations or any other legal violations.


  • The applicant must pay the prescribed fee as per the authority’s request. The fee may depend upon type and size of land where the mining activity takes place.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • This entire process can be completed within 3 to 6 months or as per the timeline advised by the respective department authority.

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  • Applicants must complete the application form before submitting it. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must provide genuine information while applying for this procedure.

Required Information[edit]

  • Project Details
  • Details of User Agency
  • Details of Person Making Application
  • Details of land required for the Project
  • Details of Divisions involved
  • Details of province involved
  • Details of Cost-Benefit analysis for the Project
  • Details of grant/renewal of mining lease in the past (If available)
  • Details of Mining Plan
  • Brief details of mining activities undertaken in the mining license
  • Details of bore holes drilled for prospecting
  • Estimated Reserve along with accuracy and confidence level
  • Mineral wise details
  • Additional enclosures Details

Need for the Document[edit]

  • A mining license is a legal document or permit that grants the holder the right to conduct mining activities in a specific area for a defined period, subject to certain terms and conditions.

Information which might help[edit]

  • It is typically issued by the relevant government authorities or regulatory bodies responsible for overseeing mining operations within a particular jurisdiction. The purpose of a mining license is to regulate and monitor mining activities to ensure compliance with environmental, health, and safety standards while promoting sustainable and responsible resource extraction.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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Uses and Importance of Mining License:

  • Legal Authorization
  • Property Rights
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Resource Management
  • Revenue Generation
  • Community Development
  • Investment Security
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Accountability and Transparency