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What types of permit(s) do I need?

Before conducting small scale mineral prospecting or placer mining activities where waters of the state will be affected, you must obtain a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) issued by WDFW. Two types of HPAs are available: the Gold and Fish pamphlet and an individual written HPA. The pamphlet authorizes many typical mineral prospecting and placer mining activities. An individual HPA may authorize activities and locations not included in the pamphlet HPA. In addition, you may need permits from other state and federal agencies, as well as permission from the landowner to prospect or mine on their land. For more information, contact the Governor's Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance at 1-800-917-0043 or oria.wa.gov.

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20th of May, 2014

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