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Ministry of Energy and Minerals

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The Ministry of Energy and Minerals [MEM] facilitates the development of energy and mineral resources through participation of various stakeholders including public, private, public-private partnerships, local communities, NGOs and civil society. Mineral rights licensing is one of the Services provided by the Ministry. The Licensing and Mineral Rights Management Section and Zonal Mines Offices are responsible for receiving and processing mineral rights applications; preparing procedures for licensing and mineral rights; monitoring compliance of licence holders with the Mining Act; preparing licensing information for public consumption and handling licensing-related complaints.


Applicants for mineral Rights (Prospecting Licenses, all types of Mining Licenses, and Beneficiation Licenses) have to ensure the following:

Eligibility for applying a particular license includes

  • age above 18
  • Primary Mining Licenses and Mining Licenses for gemstones are for local citizens only; and
  • Adequate technical and financial capability as required for a particular license.


  • Lodge an application to the right Licensing Authority on a timely manner as Mineral rights are issued competitively on a first-come-first-served principle. Note that:
    • Applications for Prospecting Licenses and Processing Licenses are received at the Commissioner for Minerals’ Office, at MEM HQ
    • Applications for Special Mining License, Mining License, Retention License, Smelting License, and Refining Licenses are received at the Minister’s office at MEM HQ
    • Applications for Primary Mining License, Dealer License and Broker License are received at respective Zonal Mines Offices located in Dar es Salaam (UN Road), Arusha, Mbeya, Mtwara, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Singida and Mpanda.
    • Ensure application is correct and complete before submitting. Use correct forms for respective license applied and attach correct documents. Important attachments include the following:
  • Three recent passport-size photos for an individual applicant;
  • Application for Primary Mining License should include a sketch map of the applied area and geographical coordinates of the applied area in Arc 1960 map datum. Applications made on Exclusive areas for small-scale mining can have additional requirements that must be fulfilled.
  • Corporate Applicants should attach a topographical map and geographical coordinates of the applied area in Arc 1960 map datumCertificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association; brief statements to indicate financial & technical capability; training plan and plan for procurement of local goods.
  • Tender the right amount for application fee together with an application. All application fees for mineral Rights are non-refundable.

Note: All payments are payable to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Minerals. Obtain payment instructions from licensing staff at respective office and Official working hours are from 07:00 am to 03:00pm Monday to Friday

More Information can be obtained from any mines office and licensing tenements map can be viewed on the following website:

Source: Government Portal Content Team, Last Reviewed on: 25-11-2015
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