Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria 

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria – Related to this are; requirements for getting a mining license/lease  in Nigeria, knowledge of  Nigeria mining cadastre office, Nigerian minerals and mining regulations 2011, Nigerian minerals and mining act 2007 and  national minerals and metals policy 2008
In addition are, how to start a mining exploration company and how to start a gold mining company in Nigeria. I promise you that these are simple processes which this write up takes care of. The write-up is in two sections – general information and specific information on the subject matter.


Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria 

General Information:

The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office:

The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office has the following duties and functions to perform. As is contained in the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act. 2007 and the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulations, 2011

  Just follow the details so that you will know where and how you will need help. The Mining Cadastre office will -
  • Consider applications for mineral titles and permits, issue,  or suspend.
  • Consider upon written approval of the Minister, revoke any mineral title.
  • Receive and dispose of applications for the transfer, renewal, modification, relinquishment of mineral titles or extension of areas.
  • Maintain a chronological record of all applications for mineral titles in a Priority Register which is to be specifically used to ascertain the priority and registration of applications for exclusive rights or free areas.
  • Maintain a general register which is to be used for all other types of applications where registration of the priority is not required.
  • Undertake such other activities reasonably necessary for the purpose of carrying out its duties and responsibilities under the provisions of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act. 2007 and the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulations, 2011.

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria 

Mining Cadastre  Office Details:

Head Quarters: No 37 Lobito Crescent; Off Ademola Adetokunbo, Wuse II, Abuja Nigeria;
 Also @ Plot3162B, IBB Way, Maitama, Abuja
City/Town: Wuse
State: Abuja
L.G.A: Municipal
Location Phone:
Main Contact..
Telephone: +234 (0)816-410-1937

Website/URL Address: http://www.miningcadastre.gov.ng

Before we continue do a checklist of what you now know about mining business in Nigeria. The next stage is specific. I’ll be deliberating on the Quarry Lease which is what you specifically need.

Specific Information:

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria 

  Quarry Lease:

These are the conditions as is contained in the referred section of the Act.

  • Section 51 and 77 of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 and the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulations, 2011, is the relevant section of the Act.
  • The Mining Cadastre Office, on receipt of a valid application, shall grant and issue to the applicant a Quarry Lease within 45 days.
  • The duration of a Quarry Lease shall not exceed five (5) years and may be renewed every five years as required, provided the renewal application is made within three (3) months before the expiration of the lease.
  • The area of land shall not exceed 5Km2. (25CUs).


You have to note these facts?  Now let’s look at what processes and documents you require to get the licence.

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria 


Documents and Procedures:
  • You must meet these  pre-grant conditions:
  • Duly completed application forms
  • Pre-Feasibility Report (with COMEG seal & signature)
  • Evidence of Financial capabilities - (section 54 of the NMMA)
  • Evidence Technical competence Person(s) (Section 54 of the NMMA, 2007)
  • Irrevocable Consent from land owner(s)/land Occupier(s)-(section 100 of the NMMA, 2007)
  • Attestation of no conviction of criminal offence under the Act (section 53 of the NMMA, 2007)
  • Certified True Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Evidence of payment of processing fees
  • Indicate Minerals to be Exploited
  • Area specified to be surveyed in accordance with Coordination Act (section 79 of the NMMA, 2007) (Survey plan to be submitted)
  • Notice to land owner(s) (private or state land) with a response on rate to be paid (section 102 of the NMMA).
  • Indicate Mineral(s) to be exploited (section 64 of the NMMA, 2007)




After all of the above, you have also  to meet  the following pre-development conditions 

  •  Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)- (section 119)
  • Community Development Agreement (CDA)-(section 116)
  • Compensation-(section 107)
  • Submit Mine closure plan/rehabilitation plan - (section 61)
  • Reports from state bodies/MIREMCO

These are procedural matters and must be followed. Ensure you meet up with the requirement. A consultant can help you do all these.

Other licences/permits that may interest you are:

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria 

Important Notices:

1. All Fees and Payments must be by Certified Bank Draft(s) to the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) and non refundable.
2. The Assignment/Transfer fees shall not be less than the processing fee.
3. The fees are subject to review

Requirements for Quarry Lease in Nigeria 

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