Coal – guidance

Get a coal mining licence or other consent

How to find out if a coal mining licence or other consent is needed and how to apply.

You will need a licence for coal mining operations or another consent for any activity which enters or passes through the Coal Authority’s property.

When carrying out investigation or treatment of coal mining activities for development you’ll need to get a coal mining permit instead.

Coal mining operations which require a licence

You will need a licence for

  • surface coal mining
  • underground coal mining
  • underground coal gasification

It’s an offence to carry out coal mining operations without a licence.

  • deep energy boreholes
  • exploitation of coal methane
  • exploration for coal
  • incidental coal which needs to be removed as part of a development
  • minewater heat recovery

To apply for a licence or other consent you will need to:

Licensing and permissions

The Coal Authority
200 Lichfield Lane
NG18 4RG

Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:00pm
Friday: 8:45am to 4:30pm