35 Duration of permit

(1)

A prospecting permit expires—

(a)

4 years after the commencement date specified in the permit; or

(b)

if an earlier expiry date is specified in the permit, on that date.

(2)

A prospecting permit may not be extended beyond 4 years after the commencement date specified in the permit.

(3)

An exploration permit for petroleum expires—

(a)

15 years after the commencement date specified in the permit; or

(b)

if an earlier expiry date is specified in the permit, on that date.

(4)

An exploration permit for petroleum may be extended only in accordance with section 35A.

(5)

An exploration permit for minerals other than petroleum expires—

(a)

10 years after the commencement date specified in the permit; or

(b)

if an earlier expiry date is specified in the permit, on that date.

(6)

An exploration permit for minerals other than petroleum may not be extended beyond 10 years after the commencement date specified in the permit, unless extended further under section 35A.

(7)

A mining permit expires—

(a)

40 years after the commencement date specified in the permit; or

(b)

if an earlier expiry date is specified in the permit, on that date.

(8)

A mining permit may be extended only in accordance with section 36(1), (2), and (5).

(9)

The Minister may, on the application of a permit holder, amend the commencement date of a permit, and subsection (1), (3), (5), or (7) applies accordingly, if the Minister is satisfied that—

(a)

the permit holder has been prevented from commencing activities under the permit by delays in obtaining consents under any Act; and

(b)

those delays have not been caused or contributed to by default on the part of the permit holder.

(10)

If the Minister amends the commencement date of a permit under subsection (9), the new commencement date must be specified in the permit.

Section 35: replaced, on 24 May 2013, by section 27 of the Crown Minerals Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 14).