About our services

The charges for services you can request from the Coal Authority.


1. Fees for property searches and reports

Fees for searches and reports for residential properties, non-residential properties, commercial and development sites.

2. Licensing charges

Please note that VAT is not levied on licence charges, but does apply to legal costs.

2.1 Application for licence/access agreement charges

Licence or agreement type Minimum charge Maximum charge Charges
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Operating or Conditional Licence (with the exception of Forest of Dean Licence) New Licence or Variation to Existing Licence £575 £13,800 Maximum area 10,000 hectares or £13,800 Only for increases in area £575 per hectare
Underground Mining Forest of Dean Licence (in a freeminer’s gale in the Hundred of St Briavels) New Licence or Variation to Existing Licence N/A N/A £50 flat rate application fee
Exploration Licences New Licence or Variation to Existing Licence £575 £11,500 Maximum area 2,000 hectares or £11,500 Only for increases in area £5.75 per hectare
Abandoned Mine Methane Access Agreement Agreement or Variation to Existing Agreement £575 £2,875 Maximum area of 500 hectares or £2,875 Only for increases in area £5.75 per hectare
Coal Bed Methane Single Site Access Agreement New Agreement or Variation to Existing Agreement £575 £2,875 Maximum area of 500 hectares or £2,875 Only for increases in area £5.75 per hectare
Coal Bed Methane Blanket Access Agreement New Agreement or Variation to Existing Agreement N/A £5,750 flat rate Maximum area Petroleum Licence £575 flat rate for Variation
Coal Bed Methane Supplemental Access Agreement (following grant of Blank Access Agreement) New Agreement or Variation to Existing Agreement £1,150 flat rate Maximum area 200 hectares £575 flat rate for Variation  
Mine water heat access agreement Exploratory phase N/A N/A £3,000
Deep Energy Boreholes Access Agreement New Agreement or Variation to Existing Agreement N/A N/A £575 flat rate
Incidental Coal Agreement New Agreement or Variation to Existing Agreement N/A N/A £250 flat rate

All fees are based on a grant of licence/access agreement in the standard form.

2.2 Grants of licence/access agreement charges

Licence type Charge
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Operating or Conditional Licence (with exception of Forest of Dean charges below) New Licence or Existing Licences £1,150 or Equivalent Annual Fee for Operating Licence terms extension £575 for all other variations
Underground Mining Forest of Dean Licence (in a freeminer’s gale in the Hundred of St Briavels) New Licence or Existing Licences £50
Exploration Licences New Licence or Existing Licences £575
Abandoned Mine Methane Access Agreement New Agreement or Existing Licences £575
Coal Bed Methane Single Site Access Agreement New Agreement or Existing Licences £575
Coal Bed Methane Blanket Access Agreement New Agreement or Existing Licences £575
Coal Bed Methane Supplemental Access Agreement (following grant of Blanket Access Agreement New Agreement or Existing Licences £575 Variation Only
Mine water heat access agreement Production phase £2,750
Deep Energy Borehole Access Agreement New Agreement or Existing Licences £575
Incidental Coal Agreement New Agreement or Existing Licences No Charge

2.3 Annual charges

Licence type Charges
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Licence (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Operating - The charge is based on an estimate of tonnage to be produced in the following 12 months. Operating Licences - for annual production of up to 5,000 tonnes: £575
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Licence (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Operating - The charge is based on an estimate of tonnage to be produced in the following 12 months. Operating Licences of 5,001 to 250,000 tonnes: £1,150
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Licence (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Operating - The charge is based on an estimate of tonnage to be produced in the following 12 months. Operating Licences of more than 250,000 tonnes: £5,750.00
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Licence (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Conditional - £575 (Note: If an exploration licence has been granted with a conditional licence there is only one annual fee)
Underground Mining Forest of Dean Licence (in freeminer’s gale in the Hundred of St Briavels) £50
Exploration Licence £575
Abandoned Mine Methane Access Agreement £575
Coal Bed Methane Single Site Access Agreement £575
Coal Bed Methane Blanket Access Agreement £575
Coal Bed Methane Supplemental Access Agreement (following grant of Blanket Access Agreement) £575
Mine water heat access agreement £1,500 a year for each operational borehole
Deep Energy Borehole Access Agreement £575
Incidental Coal Agreement £250

2.4 Payments for coal or rights in relation to coal

Licence type Charges
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Operating £0.17 per tonne production related rent
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £0.30 per hectare paid on Grant
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £0.35 per hectare paid at the end of Year 1
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £0.40 per hectare paid at the end of Year 2
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £0.45 per hectare paid at the end of Year 3
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £0.50 per hectare paid at the end of Year 4
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £0.60 per hectare paid at the end of Year 5
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £1.15 per hectare paid at the end of Year 6
Underground Mining, Surface Mining or Underground Coal Gasification Lease (with the exception of Forest of Dean charges below) Option for Lease associated with Conditional Licence £1.75 per hectare paid at the end of Year 7
Underground Mining Forest of Dean Lease (in a freeminer’s gale in the Hundred of St Briavels) £0.17 per tonne production related rent if the Coal Authority are the Galee, otherwise no charge  
Exploration Licence £5.75 per hectare for 4 months exclusivity  
Abandoned Mine Methane Access Agreement Site specific valuation taken for new production holes only  
Coal Bed Methane Single Site Access Agreement Site specific valuation taken for new production holes only  
Coal Bed Methane Blanket Access Agreement None  
Coal Bed Methane Supplemental Access Agreement (following grant of Blanket Access Agreement) Site specific valuation taken for new production holes only  
Deep Energy Boreholes Access Agreement Site specific valuation taken for new production holes only  
Incidental Coal Agreement £1.00 per tonne production related rent  

3. Permissions charges

Charges are calculated upon one of the following:

  • the number of boreholes

  • the area of the application

  • the number of mine entries to be investigated and/or treated

Please note that once processing of the application has commenced no refund of the application charge will be made. Application charges are non-transferable.

Discounts for site investigation applications, also known as ground investigations, will no longer be deducted from the treatment application charge.

Please do not schedule works until the permit certificate has been issued.

Permission to enter or disturb Coal Authority mining interests

Express (5 working days) applications are charged at 3 times the normal applicable rate. These are subject to availability and restricted to site investigation applications that do not relate to mine entries (also known as shafts or adits). Further exemptions may apply.

Expedited (10 working days) applications are charged at twice the normal applicable rate and will be subject to availability.

Standard (20+ working days) applications are charged the normal applicable rate.

Retrospective applications will be charged at the standard application charge. All applications should be accompanied by a closure report covering works undertaken. An acknowledgement letter will be issued, however we will consider the advice of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding the granting of a permit.

Permitting charges are shown inclusive of VAT. Payment can be made by debit/credit card or BACS. Payment must be made in full before the permit can be processed and granted.

Permitting charges based upon Minimum charge Maximum charge Charges per unit
3.1 - Area of application. Any number of shafts and adits are included within the fee £123 £3,075 (for over and above 2.5 hectares) £123 per 0.1 hectare (1,000m2)
3.2 - Number of boreholes for initial investigation purposes only £123 £3,075 £61.50 per borehole
3.3 - The number of mine entries to be investigated and/or treated, when not included in the area charge £123 £3,075 £123 per shaft or adit investigation and/or treatment

4. Property enquiries charges

Historic Enquiries charges

Service Charge VAT Total
Formal letter to confirm plans approval re: structural precautions covenants £140 £28 £168
Request search of Coal Authority records for land ownership history £150 £30 £180
Certified deeds & documents £90 £18 £108
Uncertified deeds & documents £65 £13 £78
Certified title deed copy £250 £50 £300

5. Historical mining records and records management

Visitors to our Mining Heritage Centre can view digital and paper records from 9am to 4.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays and from 9am to 4pm on Fridays.

Mining Heritage Centre
The Coal Authority
200 Lichfield Lane
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
NG18 4RG

Visits are free of charge but you are advised to make an appointment to ensure a computer is available for viewing our digital records.

For the colour printing of originals in paper format Charges excluding VAT
Up to A2 (420mm x 594mm) £15
Above A2 (420mm x 594mm) up to A1 (594mm x 841mm) £25
Above A1 (594mm x 841mm) up to A0 (841mm x 1188mm) £35
Above A0 (841mm x 1188mm) up to Max (900mm x 1500mm) £45
Photocopying (A4) £0.40
Photocopying (A3) £0.45

Digital copies of individual plans are £35 excluding VAT.

Searches of our abandoned mine catalogue, undertaken by the Coal Authority on your behalf, cost £60 excluding VAT.

Geological data:

For copies of: Charges:
Digital Opencast (Surface Mining) borehole data (per borehole, without scientific data) £2
Digital Opencast (Surface Mining) borehole data (per borehole, with scientific data) £2.50

British Coal photographs:

For copies of photographs: Charges:
Size: A4 £10

Other historical records

For copies of: Charges:
Certified copy of Property Deeds (per deed - plans charged extra if applicable) £65 +£25 per sheet
Uncertified copy of Property Deeds (per deed - plans charged extra if applicable) £65
Copy of a Court Order (per order - plans charged extra if applicable) £50
Copy of Mining Lease (per lease - plans charged extra if applicable) £50
Copy of entry in Coal Holding Register (per entry) Application Plans extra £40
Visits to view entries on the Licence Register (per entry) None
Copy of entry on Licence Register (per entry) £40
Notices £40

Search fees

For copies of: Charges:
Detailed search by a surveyor (minimum charge covers 1 hour of work and is currently £80 per person per hour (or part hour) + VAT). £80
Abandoned Mines Catalogue Search (per search) £50
Interrogation of Wisdom data base (per search) £50

Please note that all charges for searches are payable in advance

6. Contact

Historic Records - Mining Records:

Telephone: 01623 637 225; Fax: 01623 629 100

Historic Records - Records Management:

Telephone: 01623 637 225; Fax: 01623 423 468

Historic Records - Land and Property:

Telephone: 0345 762 6848; Fax: 01623 621 955

Licensing and Permissions:

Telephone: 01623 637 339; Fax: 01623 620 363

Property Searches and Reports:

Telephone: 0345 762 6848; Fax: 01623 637 338

All written enquiries should be directed to the relevant department/contact at:

The Coal Authority
200 Lichfield Lane
Berry Hill
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
NG18 4RG
DX716176 Mansfield 5

While the Coal Authority will provide a document search and inspection service it will not interpret or analyse information it holds (except for the Interpretive Mining Report).

The Coal Authority disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in historic records, and notes, annotations and amendments which appear on documents, including plans, logs and analytical reports.

The Coal Authority will not take responsibility for the provision of correct data when enquiries are based on inaccurate information.