You must get permission to enter, disturb or change coal mines or coal managed or owned by the Coal Authority that’s on your property.

This includes:

  • coal seams under your property
  • coal workings, such as existing mine tunnels
  • mine entrances

You need to get a permit if you want to:

  • cap the mine
  • fill the mine
  • drill boreholes through a coal seam
  • build over or near to the entrance to the mine

You need a mining licence or ‘agreement’ to mine coal or extract gas.

How to apply

Fill in the online application form. You’ll have to:

  • register first if you don’t have an account with the Coal Authority
  • upload a plan, including Ordnance Survey map references, showing the site location and any relevant details, for example works or boreholes

You can also apply using a paper form. Email or post it to the address on the form.

However you apply, you’ll need to:

If you need help with your application

Contact the Coal Authority’s permissions department.

The Coal Authority
Licensing and Permits Office
Telephone: 01623 637339
Fax: 01623 620363
Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 5pm
Friday, 8:45am to 4:30pm
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