How to access and use the coal mining information for England, Scotland and Wales held in the national coal mining database.
The Coal Authority holds coal mining data in a national database. This provides information on past and present coal mining.
The Interactive Map Viewer and the Web Mapping Services are provided free of charge.
Coal Authority interactive map viewer
The Coal Authority interactive map viewer allows you to view selected coal mining information in your browser graphically.
Reasons to use this information include:
- finding out if a property is affected by coal mining
- checking if your site is in a high risk area
- checking for coal and mine entries on or near the surface
To check a particular location either enter a post code or use your mouse to zoom in to view the surrounding area.
Turning on selected data layers will let you see various coal mining data on top of the map. Clicking on any data points or areas will provide some further detailed information.
Terms and conditions of use are provided on the splash screen on the interactive map viewer. These were amended in March 2018
Please be aware that this data represents a snap shot in time from the national coal mining database which is regularly updated with new information. Date of last data extract: 30 July 2021
Web Mapping Services
To analyse coal mining data against your own data you will need to use geographic information systems (GIS) software.
The datasets available are all raster images without details of individual features, see available Coal Authority data if you have more specific needs.
Enter the address of the dataset you want into your Web Mapping Service client (tip: right click and copy shortcut).
- Coal mining reporting areas - https://map.bgs.ac.uk/arcgis/services/CoalAuthority/coalauthority_coal_mining_reporting_areas/MapServer/WMSServer - the areas in which the Coal Authority recommend a mining report.
- Mine entries - https://map.bgs.ac.uk/arcgis/services/CoalAuthority/coalauthority_mine_entries/MapServer/WMSServer - the centre point of mine entries as derived from plans held by the Coal Authority.
- Development risk and coal resource areas - https://map.bgs.ac.uk/arcgis/services/CoalAuthority/coalauthority_planning_policy_constraints/MapServer/WMSServer - a combination of data layers relevant to Planners, Planning Policy Officers and Asset Managers.
- Specific risk - https://map.bgs.ac.uk/arcgis/services/CoalAuthority/coalauthority_specific_risk/MapServer/WMSServer - more detailed information that, together, make up the Development Risk Area data.
- Abandoned mines catalogue - https://map.bgs.ac.uk/arcgis/services/CoalAuthority/coalauthority_abandoned_mines/MapServer/WMSServer - a geographic catalogue of the plans of abandoned mines held by the Coal Authority.
Open Government Licence v3
The Coal Authority has made data sets available for use by third parties under the Open Government Licence v3:
- Coal Authority Managed Tips
- Coal Authority Mine Water Treatment Schemes
Please contact us by email at email@example.com if you’re interested in licensing these data sets.
Available Coal Authority data
If you need full vector data, including feature details, then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements. Pricing is worked out on an individual basis depending on the amount and type of data that is required.
Technical details of the available data, such as formats and coordinate systems, can be found in the coal mining data metadata documents.