Surface materials tool kit

The following information is provided to win, work and recover Crown-owned surface materials, including sand, gravel, clay, peat, marl and topsoil. Surface materials are administered by the Land Management Division, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).

Table 1.

Title Description
Summary of Requirements Surface material applications
Provides information and resources relating to developing and producing surface material on land owned by the province. It includes forms, notices, contacts and the publication, 'Guidelines for Acquiring Surface Material Disposition on Public Land'.

Going for Gold in Alberta and Exploring for minerals in Alberta
Information on gold, silver and placer minerals from surface materials and sand, gravel and clay of bedrock origin.
Acts and Regulations Minerals acts and regulations
Includes Public Lands ActLaw of Property Act, Metallic and Industrial Minerals Regulation, and Metallic and Industrial Minerals Royalty Regulation.
Geoscience Information Alberta Geological Survey
View or buy maps and publications relating to aggregate resources and surface materials.
Other Contacts and Resources Land Management – Contacts (AEP)
  • apply for surface material exploration agreement, lease or licence
  • report on surface material activities
  • make payment on lease and production royalties
  • Minerals exploration tool kit and Minerals mining tool kit for placer minerals.
  • surface materials under Alberta’s legislation includes sand, gravel, clay, peat, marl and top soil.


Connect with the Coal and Mineral Development Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7707
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]


Alberta Energy
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)

Alberta Energy
300, 801 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3W2

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