Mining and Mining Claims

ORS 517.715
Exemptions from permit requirement


When exploration will result in less than one acre of surface disturbance or drilling to 50 feet or less, any person conducting exploration is exempted from the requirements of the permit procedure described in ORS 517.702 (Legislative findings) to 517.740 (Rules). However, nothing in this section exempts a person from the requirements of ORS chapter 273 or the requirements of other departments.


All mineral exploration drill holes shall comply with the abandonment procedures specified in ORS 517.705 (Exploration permit) (1)(f). [Formerly 517.966; 1999 c.492 §12]
Chapter 517

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Power of Department of Environmental Quality to regulate mining activities and recovery of oil and geothermal activities, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100

Law Review Citations

4 EL 370 (1974)


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