Step 3. Lodge application with the department - Exploration Licence

Lodging mining tenement applications

Application must be made in the Form No. 21 ‘Application for Mining Tenement’ and lodged at any Mining Registrar’s office; or lodged electronically via the department’s website using ‘Mineral Titles Online (MTO)’. Attachments 1 & 2 to the Form 21 must also be completed when applying for an exploration licence.


Prior to using the eLodgement system, parties will be required to register with MTO and be issued with the necessary logon details and also agree to the terms and conditions. Registration is free.

Note: Whilst applications for mining tenements can be lodged electronically outside the department’s opening hours, those applications will be deemed to be received at 8.30am (WST) on the next working day.

Application fees payable

Application fees together with the first year’s rent is payable on lodgement of an application for a mining tenement. Information as to current fees and charges is available as a separate sheet.

Note: A $99,999 transaction limit applies where payment is made by credit card.

To make a payment via credit card, via the payments portal, please enter the Payment number as printed on your Notification.

Documents to be submitted in support of an exploration licence application

The application should be accompanied by a statement as required by Section 58 of the Mining Act 1978, specifying:

  • the proposed method of exploration
  • details of the proposed work program
  • estimate of proposed expenditure on the licence
  • applicant’s technical and financial resources.

A detailed explanation of the Department’s guidelines when assessing each accompanying statement is provided in the document Guidelines for Applicants – Section 58(1)(b) Statement to accompany applications for exploration licences.