Prospecting tool kit
|Summary of Requirements||Exploring for minerals in Alberta|
|Legislation||List of Minerals acts and regulations|
|Information Bulletins and Letters||Minerals information bulletins and letters|
|Mineral Assessment Reporting Tools||Minerals exploration tool kit|
|Maps (updated overnight)||Interactive energy maps
Mineral disposition information is available through an interactive mapping program. This program allows you to select location, scale and map features, and conduct basic searches.
|Alberta Township Survey System||Introduction to ATS (PDF, 302 KB)
For legal land description (meridian, township, range, section, legal subdivision).
|Map Coordinates Convertor||Conversion tool|
|Alberta Mineral Information (AMI)||Search surface public land and Crown mineral disposition and activity
Information on requesting and conducting searches.
|Alberta Geosciences Information||Metallic and industrial mineral assessment report searches
List of published reports available from Coal and Mineral Development.
Alberta Geological Survey (AGS)
|Other Resources||Minerals placer mining tool kit
Minerals ammonite shell tool kit
|Prospect With or Without
Crown Mineral Rights
|Limited prospecting and geophysical surveying is permitted if mineral rights are available and there will be no significant disturbance. Obtain consent from any surface or subsurface leaseholder or landowner. As a safety precaution, inform the local forestry or public lands office of your presence and purpose on Crown Land. Ammonite shell collecting, placer mining and recreational gold panning are not considered prospecting activities in Alberta.|
|Prospect with Crown Mineral Rights||Apply to Coal and Mineral Development, Alberta Energy for a Crown Metallic and Industrial Mineral Permit in a specified area. Use the Exploration tool kit. Contact Land Administration, Alberta Environment and Parks, for approval to use mechanized equipment and/or disturb land surface during prospecting. Meet work expenditure and assessment reporting requirements to maintain Metallic and Industrial Mineral Permits.|
Connect with the Coal and Mineral Development Unit:
Hours: 8:15 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Coal and Mineral Development Unit
North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street *
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2G6
* Couriers, please report to the 2nd floor.
Calgary (drop-off location only)
300, 801 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3W2