Period of validity of the mining permit

A mining permit remains valid until further notice. The provisions of a mining permit valid until further notice are reviewed at a minimum interval of 10 years. The permit may also be issued for a fixed term for a justified reason. A fixed-term mining permit may remain valid for a maximum of 10 years after the decision’s entry into legal force. A mining permit valid for a fixed term can be extended for a further period until further notice or for a maximum of 10 years at a time.


A mining permit will expire at the end of the designated fixed term. The permit authority must decide that the mining permit will expire if the permit holder has not, before the limit specified in the permit, initiated mining activity or such preparatory work as indicates that the permit holder is seriously aiming at actual mining operations. The permit authority must also decide that the mining permit will expire if mining activities have been interrupted because of a factor dependent on the permit holder continuously for a minimum of five years or mining activities can be considered to have actually ended.


However, the permit authority may postpone the expiry of the mining permit, twice at the most, and specify a new deadline for commencing or continuing mining activity. The expiry of a permit can be postponed for a maximum of 10 years. The permit authority must also decide that the mining permit will expire if the mining area does not belong to the permit holder or the permit holder has not gained possession of it within five years of the granting of the permit or if the permit holder submits an application concerning expiry. The permit holder is obliged to submit an application if it no longer intends to engage in mining activity.