Minerals Program FAQs

Does the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety issue permits for oil and gas extraction?

No.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issues permits for oil and gas extraction.

How can I get a copy of my permit file?

Copies of permit files can be viewed online through Laserfiche WebLink

How can I look up an Active Permit? 

Visit Laserfiche WebLink.  We also have a manual if you need help using WebLink.

How do I file a complaint against a mining operation?

Submit a complaint form to the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety. 

How do I find out about mineral rights? 

The State Land Board (303-866-3454) maintains only State owned properties and does not maintain records for fee (private) or federal lands. For fee property, contact the county clerk & recorder's office where the property is located. For federal lands, contact the Bureau of Land Management at 303-239-3600.

How do I know if I need a mining permit? 

Please review our "Is it Mining" document which lists guidelines to help determine whether a permit is needed.    

How do I know if I need a Reclamation Permit?

In order for the Division to determine if a Reclamation Permit is required, you must complete and submit the ‘Is it Mining’ document.

How do I terminate my permit?

Please see Rule 4.17 of either the Construction Materials Rules or the Hard Rock Rules for information on the release of Performance and Financial Warranties. 

Is there a form for Revisions?

Revisions (surety release requests, acreage reduction requests, conversions, amendments, technical revisions, etc.) may be submitted by completing the appropriate revision request form.

When is my annual fee due?

The annual fee is due on the date the permit was issued, also known as the anniversary date.  If you are enrolled in ePermitting, you will receive an email reminder about thirty days before it is due.

Where do I find out information about a mining claim?

DRMS does not handle mining claims.  If the mining claim is on State Land, call the Colorado State Land Board at 303-866-3454.  If the claim is on Federal Land, contact the US Bureau of Land Management 303-239-3600.  If the claim is on private land, contact the county clerk & recorder's office where the property is located.