Minerals and petroleum

Responsibilities include: prospecting/development licensing; exploration leases; monitoring abandoned mines; engagement with local councils on Local Development Plans; geoscience information and services through Geological Survey NI.


Minerals and petroleum legislation, policy and statutory rules

Minerals and petroleum prospecting in Northern Ireland is permitted in accordance with specific legislation, policies and statutory rules

Local Development Plans - input on minerals

DfE Minerals and Petroleum Branch and the Geological Survey for Northern Ireland are actively engaging with Councils with a view to informing their Local Development Plans in relation to mineral development and the management of abandoned mines hazards.

Related to Minerals and petroleum

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for the Economy including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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