State Mining and Geology Board Guidelines

The State Mining and Geology Board is releasing a REQUEST FOR INFORMATION​ regarding updates to the Guidelines for Mineral Classification & Designation. The purpose of the updates is to bring the guidelines in line with United States Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and processes used in other states, to: 

  • increase the value of the information to a wider range of Interested parties,  
  • improve processes for protection of the resource, and  

  • create flexibility to classify resources based on state priorities, i.e., critical minerals and green energy for climate adaptation. 

​​​Interested parties are asked to identify needed changes or improvements in the classification and designation systems, identify alternatives to those same systems, identify benefits and drawbacks, and identify economic impacts associated with the options and issues identified. 

Response to the Request for Information is requested no later than September 15, 2023.  

Questions and comments can be directed to:  ​

Guidelines for Classification and Designation of Mineral Lands 
This guideline addresses the process of mineral resource Classification of lands in California by the State Geologist (PRC § 2761)and Designation of lands in California by the State Mining and Geology Board (PRC § 2790).​  ​ Classification Petition

Guidelines for Evaluating and Mitigating Seismic Hazards

Adopted 3/13/97, this document constitutes the guidelines for evaluating seismic hazards other than surface fault-rupture, and for recommending mitigation measures as required by PRC §2695.

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