Important Update 30/04/2013:
Please note that we have now updated our Terms and Conditions document. We advise all applicants to read the new document and to use this current version to accompany all future applications.
The Authority's Permits Enforcement policy has now also gone live and we advise all to familiarise themselves with the proceedures below
Any activity which intersects, disturbs or enters any of the Authority's coal interests requires our prior written authorisation.
This authorisation can take the form of either a Licence, an Agreement, or a Permit, depending upon the activity to be carried out.
The following activities require a Permit, and are dealt with by the Authority's Permissions department:
- Initial site investigation boreholes
- Treatment of abandoned coal mine workings for ground stability purposes
- Treatment of coal mine entries for ground stability purposes
Following on from the review of our Licensing & Permissions process in Jan/Feb 2012, we have reviewed the feedback we received and have improved our Permissions policies accordingly.
These include issuing an updated and revised set of model documents and also introducing an enforcement register so we can better regulate our permit activities and ensure a consistent approach.
Please see the zip files for all the new documents. These documents are also available individually below.
Activities including the mining of coal, exploration for coal, deep drilling through coal for other purposes (e.g. water abstraction), underground coal gasification, digging and carrying away of coal during non coal mining related activities (incidental coal), or exploration and exploitation of coal methane require a Licence or Agreement and are dealt with by the Licensing Department.
The Coal Authority expects applicants for Permission to carry out site treatment works to give consideration to the prior extraction of any remnant shallow coal as part of any mitigation strategy, in line with National Planning Policy. Prior extraction of remnant shallow coal can prove to be a more economically viable method of site remediation than grout filling of voids.
The following link identifies where the Coal Authority’s Planning and Local Authority Liaison department has recommended prior extraction in response to consultation on Planning Applications
Apply for a Permit