The Metal Detecting Permit You Need to go Metal Detecting in WA is a Miners Right!

There is no such animal as a metal detecting permit in WA.

What you need is a MINERS RIGHT, this is simple to obtain, costs very little (currently $25), and lasts you for life.

Metal Detecting Permit

What Does a Miners Right (Metal Detecting Permit) Allow you to do?

A Miners Right enables you to go prospecting which is in fact a "Metal Detecting Permit" in Western Australia on;

Crown Land - which is;

  • Pastoral Lease Land - not covered by a granted mining tenement. Prior notice must be given to the Pastoralist.
  • Unallocated Crown Land not covered by a granted mining tenement.
  • Crown Land the which is subject to a lease for grazing and timber that is not covered by a granted mining tenement.
  • Land Reserved for the Purpose of common, mining and public utility.
  • A Mining Tenement - PROVIDED you have permission from the Tenement Holder
  • A Granted Exploration licence PROVIDED you have a Section 40E Permit  Permit.

These rules relating to gold prospecting and metal detecting permits are explained further in the metal detecting permit - gold prospecting regulations page

Miners Right Application

Here is how you get your Miners Right;

First - Print out the Application for a Miners Right which you can get from this Metal Detecting Permit or Miners Right form link - yep, I know its really a Miners Right link, but at least you now know the two terms are interchangeable! You must have a Miners Right In WA to go Metal Detecting for Gold.

That link takes you to the Department of Mines and Petroleum link to a PDF "Miner's Rights - Information Pamphlet" which includes the application at the back and the address to send the completed application and your $25 (as at January 2019) fee.

Another Way to Get your Miners Right

You can also get your Miners Right by visiting the Perth Mines and Petroleum site at level 1, 100 Plain St East Perth or one of the Mining Registrar Offices scattered throughout Western Australia at the following towns.





Marble Bar


Mt Magnet

Norseman (Not always Open)

Southern Cross

Provided you visit during working hours the Miners Right will be issued during your visit, you just need to fill out the form, show some Identification and pay your fee.

Make sure you visit the Dept of Mines and Petroleum Website and obtain the up to date information on miners rights.

We have only provided information in a brief form so you know what to do. 

Return to Gold Prospecting home Page from metal detecting permit page.