Group your placer claims

Grouping your placer claims allows you to work in 1 area without having to perform representation work on each claim separately. Work done on any claim in the group can be applied to all claims in the grouping for the purposes of renewing.

Claims must be on the same watershed to be grouped. This means the claims are on the same creek or its tributaries.

Groupings must be recorded with the Mining Recorder’s Office before you begin your work. Otherwise, the work will only apply to the claim on which it was performed.

Read the placer grouping guidelines for more information.

Apply to group a maximum of 10 adjoining claims

  1. Complete and sign the application form.
  2. Include:
    • a map of the claims at a scale large enough that each claim can be identified;
    • written permission from all claim owners; and
    • a fee of $5 per claim.
  3. Submit your application to the district Mining Recorder's Office.
  4. Once you have filed your application with us, the grouping is approved.

Apply to group more than 10 claims or claims that are not adjoining

You can group more than 10 claims or claims that are not adjoining if you demonstrate that:

  • all the claims are part of the same operation; and
  • a considerable area of land is needed to successfully carry out your operation.
  1. Complete and sign the application form.
  2. Complete the grouping work program form.
  3. Include:
    • a map of the claims at a scale large enough that each claim can be identified;
    • written permission from all claim owners; and
    • a fee of $5 per claim for the 1st 10 claims and $1 for each additional claim.
  4. Submit your application to the district Mining Recorder's Office.
  5. We'll review your application and we'll notify you if it has been approved.

Add claims to an existing group

You can add new claims to an existing group within an approved operation if you provide:

  • a grouping work program; or
  • an operating plan.

Clearly explain how the new claims will be part of the existing, approved operation.

Change an existing grouping work program

If you want to change your grouping work program, you must complete and submit a new form to the district Mining Recorder’s Office.