Small Scale Mining

Small scale licences are granted only to local residents in Greenland.

Applicants having had permanent residence in and full tax liability to Greenland for the recent 5 years are eligible to be granted up to 5 small scale licences per person. There are two types of small scale licences:

  • Small Scale Licence to Mineral Exploration and Exploitation with exclusive rights for an area of 1 square kilometer
  • Small Scale Licence to Mineral Exploration and Exploitation by use of only non-mechanical tools within a municipality (non-exclusive)

Small scale licensees must respect other exclusive right licences as well as protected areas. Small scale licences with exclusive right enjoys the same level of legal protection as a mineral exploration licence.

Further information on small scale licences can be found in Greenlandic and Danish on the official Government site www.sullissivik.gl