Notice to Claimants:
Notice to Claimants with Placer Claims
In the Department of the Interior's annual appropriations act for Fiscal Year 2012, Congress changed the way that maintenance fees for placer mining claims are assessed. Instead of charging the maintenance fee on a per-claim basis, Congress stated that the fee (currently $140) should be assessed on each 20-acre parcel of a placer claim or portion thereof. The BLM is currently working on regulations to implement this change in the maintenance fee statute for new and existing placer claims. Until these regulations are published, the BLM would prefer that you do not voluntarily send in initial or annual maintenance fee payments at the adjusted rate. If these regulations are published before September 1, 2012, the BLM will notify holders of placer mining claims who timely filed their maintenance fees for the 2013 assessment year and give them an opportunity to pay the adjusted fees or relinquish the acreage in excess of 20 acres. Please note that in order to be given the opportunity to cure, you must timely pay the maintenance fees for your placer mining claims for the 2013 assessment year.
NOTE: NEW REGULATIONS
ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FEE--INCREASED TO $140 PER CLAIM/SITE IN EFFECT FOR THE 2010 FILING YEAR, WHICH IS DUE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009.
LOCATION FEE HAS ALSO INCREASED TO $34.
Notice of Location (NOL) recordation fee:
With date of location prior to September 1, 2009, $170 per claim/site fee is required at the time of recordation with BLM. This fee covers--$15 nonrefundable processing fee, $30 location fee, and the $125 maintenance fee for the assessment year in which the claim/site is located.
With date of location on or after September 1, 2009, $189 per claim/site fee is required at the time of recordation with BLM. This fee covers--$15 nonrefundable processing fee, $34 location fee, and the $140 maintenance fee for the assessment year in which the claim/site is located.
NEW: Beginning of the Assessment Year changed. Assessment year now commences at 12:01 a.m. (Public Law 110-161, Dec. 26, 2007 (121 STAT. 2101))
Links to other notices:
Link to Report Mining Claim Fraud Information
Link to Notice for Placer Mining Claimants: Placer - Locator Requirements