U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
DUE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
WHAT MUST BE PAID OR FILED?
Pay the 2015 Maintenance Fee of $140 per lode claim, mill site, /or tunnel site. For placer claims only, you must pay $140 per every 20 acres or portion thereof *, on or before September 1, 2014.
*NOTE---On July 27, 2012, maintenance fees for placer mining claims were increased from $140 per claim to $140 per 20 acres or portion thereof. An example of the 2015 maintenance fee payment on an 80 acre placer claim is $560 and if the placer claim contains 80.25 acres you must pay $700.
No curable notices will be issued, or extra time allowed for insufficient 2015 Maintenance Fee payments.
Because you file the 2015 Small Miner’s Waiver, you must ALSO file the following:
ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 30, 2014
For placer and lode claims listed on the Small Miner’s Waiver, you must file a 2014 Affidavit of Assessment Work (also known as a Proof of Labor), along with the $10 processing fee per claim. Please note that you do not have to Notarize your Assessment Form for the BLM. Check with your individual counties if you need to Notarize your Assessment Form.
For mill or tunnel sites listed on the Small Miner’s Waiver, you must file a 2014 Notice of Intent to Hold or, write on the Small Miner’s Waiver that it serves as a Notice of Intent to Hold for the mill or tunnel site listed on the waiver and include the $10 processing fee per site.
We highly recommend that you file your Affidavit of Assessment Work and/or the Notice of Intent to Hold at the same time you file your 2015 Small Miner’s Waiver.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: For those who filed a 2014 Small Miner’s Waiver last year (by September 1, 2013), you must file your 2014 Affidavit of Assessment Work on or before December 30, 2014, regardless of whether you pay the $140 Maintenance Fee for 2015.
CAN YOU QUALIFY FOR THE 2015 SMALL MINER’S WAIVER?
You may qualify for a Small Miner’s Waiver if all owners listed on the small miner’s waiver own ten or fewer claims and/or sites nationwide. All claims, mill and tunnel sites must be listed on the Small Miner’s Waiver. The Small Miner’s Waiver must contain the original signatures (in blue ink) of all owners. If an agent signs for the owners, a notarized designation of the agent, signed by all owners, must be on file with the BLM or be submitted with the waiver. An agent signing the waiver for more than one owner, must list each owner’s name, address and sign for each individual owner listed on the waiver (i.e. 5 claimants requires 5 signatures by the agent).
WHERE DO YOU FILE?
Information Access Center
Bureau of Land Management
California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Ste. W-1623
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 978-4400
FILING REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
As an owner of mining claims, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for keeping yourself informed of the changes in the filing requirements and the mining laws. Congress may pass legislation affecting filing requirements and the procedures may change. It is suggested that you contact our office periodically to stay up to date. Visit our website at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/iac.html.
To check the status of mining claims go to http://www.blm.gov/lr2000/. If you have any questions, please contact BLM’s Information Access Center at (916) 978-4400.
The Maintenance Fee "form" is not mandatory.
The Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification "form" is MANDATORY.
The Affidavit of Assessment Work "form" is optional.
"COUNTY" RECORDER FILING REQUIREMENTS
In addition to filing with the BLM, file a 2014 Affidavit of Assessment Work or Notice of Intent to Hold with the county recorder’s office by September 30th. The location of this office will always be in the county seat of the county in which your claims are situated.
NOTE: If you pay the 2015 MAINTENANCE FEE, for county purposes indicate on an Affidavit of Assessment Work form that you have paid the 2015 Maintenance Fee to BLM, and the date on which you paid it.