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Public Land Mining Claim Fees and Waivers Due by September 4th

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Claimants who wish to retain their mining claims on Bureau of Land Management federal public lands through the 2019 assessment year must pay a maintenance fee or file a maintenance fee waiver certificate on or before Tuesday, September 4th, to prevent the mining claim from being declared forfeit and void.

The maintenance fee for a lode claim, tunnel site, or mill site is $155 per claim/site. For placer mining claims only, the fees are $155 for every 20 acres of land or portion thereof.

Miners who file a 2019 Small Miner’s Waiver on or before September 4th, will be required to file an Affidavit of Assessment Work Form, including the $10 processing fee per claim on or before December 31st, 2018.

Each payment must be accompanied by a written list of the claim names and BLM serial numbers for which the maintenance fee is being paid. All maintenance fees or Maintenance Fee Waiver Certifications must be filed or paid at the BLM California State Office Public Room, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825, or online with a credit card through the BLM’s payment portal at Payments or filings made by mail must be postmarked on or before September 4th.

The Public Room is open for payments or filings from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.

Cash, check, or credit card can be presented to make payment either in person, by mail, online, or by telephone. For more information on the filing deadline, maintenance fees, or Maintenance Fee Waiver Certifications, please call 916-978-4400 or visit

The BLM provides opportunities for economic growth with space for traditional uses such as ranching, mining, logging and energy development as well as hunting and fishing.

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