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Mining Operation Annual Reports (Annual Reports) form MRRC-2, are required from all mines subject to SMARA. Regardless of the status of your mining operation, an Annual Report and payment for the applicable reporting fees must be submitted on an annual basis until reclamation is certified complete by both your lead agency and DMR. In order for an Annual Report to be considered complete and timely, all information requested on the form must be submitted along with payment for the reporting fee. A copy of the Annual Report must be filed with the respective lead agency by July 1 annually. For your convenience, DMR posts the updated Annual Report forms online during May of each year.
2019 Annual Report Instructions (PDF)
2019 Fee Schedule, Exhibit C (PDF)
2019 Annual Report Form (PDF)
2019 Low Gross Exemption Fee Request Form (PDF)
2019 Multiple Site Single Fee Request Form (PDF)
Online Annual Reporting System
The Mining Operation Annual Report(s) (Annual Report), form MRRC-2; are
available for all mine operators. In addition, DMR also accepts electronic payments in the form of an electronic check using the Online Payment System. Annual Reports that are submitted online require a
login code. The login code(s) are mailed out to all mine operators and designated agents starting in May each year. If you do not receive a letter with your login code, you are still responsible to file your Annual Report and pay the associated reporting fee by the July deadline using the appropriate form listed above.
Online Annual Reporting System User Guide (PDF)
Please note: User codes cannot always be provided over the telephone. If you wish to participate in the Online Annual Reporting System, but have not received your login code by mid-May, please call this office at (916) 323-9198.
Whether you chose to file your Annual Report online or through the United States Postal Service, you are responsible to file the Annual Report and pay the associated reporting fee by July 1, 2020.
To access the Online Annual Reporting System, please visit the link below:
Online Annual Reporting System
To make an online payment* at any time during the year, please visit the link below:
Online Payment System
*The link above will redirect you to the First Data website. By clicking on the link above, you are agreeing to the following
Please contact Roger Le-Hinds at (916) 323-9198 or April Balestreri at
(916) 764-4229 with questions regarding the Online Annual Reporting System.
Financial Assurance Cost Estimates
Senate Bill 1142 (Gray) amended Public Resources Code section 2773.1 requiring all mine operators to submit their financial assurance cost estimate to their respective lead agency for review on a form approved by the State Mining and Geology Board. The Office of Administrative Law approved the proposed Financial Assurance Cost Estimate form (FACE-1) on April 13, 2017 with an effective date of July 1, 2017.
DMR is pleased to announce the new FACE-1 form is now available for use.
Effective immediately, all financial assurance cost estimates must be submitted using the new FACE-1 form.
Financial Assurance Cost Estimate form Instructions (PDF)
Financial Assurance Cost Estimate form (PDF)
Financial Assurance Cost Estimate form (MS Excel)
Financial Assurance Mechanism Forms
Irrevocable Letter of Credit Form (PDF)
Certificate of Deposit Form (PDF)
Surety Bond Forms
General Purpose Rider (PDF)
Sole Proprietor (PDF)
Increase/Decrease Rider (PDF)
DMR collects information submitted annually by mine operators within the State. Because this office derives this information from individual operators, we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Our Mines Online map is refreshed nightly from this database and provides downloads of selected data.
If the Mines Online map does not provide the information that you are looking for please submit a Public Records Act request by either calling (916) 323-9198 or by email at: DMR@conservation.ca.gov.
Pursuant to PRC § 2774(b), a Lead Agency must inspect each surface mining operation subject to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act within its jurisdiction at least once every twelve months. Inspections must be documented using a form developed by the Department of Conservation and approved by the State Mining and Geology Board.
On July 30, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law approved updated regulatory language to CCR § 3504.5, which incorporated by reference revised Surface Mine Inspection Report form MRRC-1 and the newly required Notice of Completion of Inspection form NOCI-1. The updated regulatory language and revised forms are effective January 1, 2020. Therefore, inspections must be completed on the updated MRRC-1 form below. Additionally, Lead Agencies must submit to the Division of Mine Reclamation their Notice of Completion of Inspection on the NOCI-1 form below.
Notice of Completion of Inspection form (PDF)
Surface Mining Inspection Report form (PDF)
New Mining Operation Report
New Mining Reports are required from all new mines subject to SMARA along with the initial fee of $500.
New Mining Operation Report form (PDF)
Reclamation Plan Checklist
DMR has developed a convenient checklist for its staff that is used in the review of reclamation plan requirements under SMARA and the California Code of Regulations. This checklist may assist operators and lead agencies when preparing and reviewing draft proposed reclamation plans and reclamation plan amendments in determining if they meet the minimum content requirements of SMARA and associated regulations. It may also be helpful in fulfilling the new (as of January 2017) requirement that reclamation plans include a chart identifying the location of required contents as per SMARA section 2772(b).
Reclamation Plan Checklist (PDF)
Reclamation Plan Checklist (MS Word)