U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|BLM Fact Sheet - Maintenance and Location Fee Requirements|
A. All mining claims and sites must pay at the time of recording, a $34 location fee, a $140 maintenance fee (to cover the assessment year of location), and a $15 new mining claim processing fee (recording fee) for a total of $189 for each claim.
B. Who is exempt from paying the maintenance fee(s):
Note: A small miner must complete their previous year assessment work to qualify for a waiver for the current assessment year. The waiver for the current assessment year must be filed in the proper BLM office by September 1 of the previous year.
For example, if a miner filed a waiver for the 2008 assessment year, he/she files a waiver for assessment year 2009, he/she MUST file an Affidavit of Annual Labor for the 2008 assessment year by December 30.
C. When to pay the maintenance fee.
* Proper BLM office means the Bureau of Land Management State Office listed in 1821.2-1 (d) of this title (43 CFR 3830.5) and in Alaska, the BLM’s Fairbanks District Office, having jurisdiction over the claims area.
D. What to provide with payment of maintenance fee.
**NOTE: 43 CFR 3830.23(b) provides that if the issuing institution of your check, negotiable instrument or credit card refuses to pay and it is not because the institution made a mistake, BLM will treat the processing fee and files as unpaid.
Non-payment of new location(s) will result in the location(s) being declared null and void ab initio. Non-payment of fees on existing claims will result in claim(s) becoming forfeited or declared abandoned and void.