Exploration Notices of Intent are required for exploration of all minerals such as gold and silver, precious metals, coal, dimension stone, decorative stone, uranium, precious metals, aggregates, and oil and gas seismic shot-holes.
The department sets the level of bonding for each EXNI to cover the costs of plugging all proposed test holes and reclamation of affected public and private land. In lieu of filing a reclamation bond for each EXNI, the operator may post a $20,000 statewide surety to cover all exploration operations. The reclamation bond must be deposited with the department before the operator begins exploration activities.
Exploration for all minerals excluding uranium
The South Dakota Mineral Exploration Act (SDCL 45-6C) and the South Dakota Plugging Standards (ARSD 74:11:08)
Exploration for uranium
The South Dakota Uranium Exploration Act (SDCL 45-6D) and the South Dakota Plugging Standards (ARSD 74:11:08)
To download EXNI application and other forms, please go to the DANR Applications & Forms web page. If you cannot download the forms, please contact Eric Holm and the forms will be mailed to you.
To learn more about permits that may be required for exploration operations in addition to an exploration notice of intent, please go to the one stop permitting page.