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Uganda - Obtain a Mining License

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  1. To obtain a mining license in Uganda, the applicant has to contact the Geological Survey & Mines Department.
  2. Identify the area you intend to mine the intended minerals for purposes of prospecting those particular minerals.
  3. Indentify the true owners of the land in which you intend to carry out your mining operations by conducting due diligence.
  4. Upon identifying the true land owners negotiate, execute an agreement with the land owners and compensate them accordingly for purposes of allowing you carry out your mining operations on their intended land.
  5. Execute mineral agreement with the government of Uganda relating to operations in order to stabilize legal, social and economic obligations of either party to allow you prospect or explore the intended mineral to be mined.
  6. Survey the area of the land on which you intend to carry out your mining operations and have deed plan.
  7. Upon executing that mineral agreement, apply for the prospecting or exploration license from commissioner department of Geological Survey and Mines if the same had not been done before.
  8. Upon the commissioner granting you the prospecting or exploration license, proceed to prospect or explore the intended minerals for purposes of ascertaining the availability and quantities of the intended minerals in a given area.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Valid prospecting license
  • Submitted PL returns
  • Map of desired area at 1:50,000 scale
  • Work program for the exploration operations
  • Project brief
  • Executed form II
  • Adequate financial competence
  • The original and two copies of the application to the Commissioner.
  • Proof of payment of and of deposit for cost of experts

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The Commissioner
Geological Survey & Mines Department
P.O. Box 9 Entebbe, Uganda
Telephone: 256-41-4320118/4320656; 4320559
Fax: 256-41-4320364

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Applicants should be persons intending to invest in the business of prospecting for minerals or mining in Uganda


a. Registration Fee 500,000 Ugx
b. Mineral rent 50,000 Ugx per km2 per annum
c. Gazetting grant of EL 300,000 Ugx


1 year.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

Reg. 74(1).
(Accompanied by the specified fees).
Name of applicant
Nationality of applicant/country of incorporation
Postal address ...
Physical address.
Attach a bank statement showing financial status.
I hereby certify that the particulars given by me above are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Dated of , year 20

Signature of Applicant.

Processing Time[edit]

3 days.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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To explore for minerals in an area not more than 500 km2.

Required Information[edit]

  • A person who intends to obtain a petroleum construction permit shall submit.
  • Name, address and nationality of the applicant.
  • In case of a body corporate, the corporate name, registered office address and country where it is incorporated.
  • Names, addresses and qualifications of potential principle contractors and supervisors to be employed for the project.
  • Description and location of the project, amount of investment capital, technologies to be used, site and construction plans.
  • The estimated date of completion of the project.
  • Environmental project brief or environmental impact statement in the form and with the information prescribed by the Environment(Environment Impact 4 Assessment) for further processing.
  • The description of safety programmes, equipment and plans for the protection of occupational health, industrial safety and environmental protection during regular construction operation as well as contingency plans for accidents, natural disasters and emergencies;
  • A Tax Identification Number for new investors and tax clearance certificate for existing companies.

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Need for the Document[edit]

For the purpose of carrying out prospecting, exploration and mining, the law provides for a number of licences.


  1. Prospecting License
  2. Exploration License
  3. Retention License
  4. Mining Lease
  5. Location License

Information which might help[edit]

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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