Permitting and Regulations


ADEC Stormwater Permits

ADNR Mining and Reclamation Plan or Letter of Intent

Material Site Mining and Reclamation Plan Template and Instructions

Gravel resources, even on NANA land, cannot be used without specific permits and plans in place.

All users, including individuals mining gravel for personal use, are responsible for obtaining and complying with permits and plans.

To see if you can mine gravel on NANA lands, contact NANA Regional Corporation.

For a summary of permits and plans required for gravel sites, refer to NANA’s Material Site Permitting and Plan Checklist.

For assistance with permitting, contact the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) Office of Project Management & Permitting (OPMP)

State Agencies

Contact these agencies to find out which permits, if any, are required. Many permits require monitoring and reporting, so you will need to budget for these tasks.

Agency Requirement
NANA Regional Corporation For material sites of any size: Mining and Reclamation (M&R) Plan
Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) For material sites greater than 5 acres: Mining and Reclamation (M&R) Plan
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation One or more permits may be requried, including stormwater discharge permits, MG9 rock crusher permits, dewatering permits, etc.
Northwest Arctic Borough Planning Department Many gravel projects require a Title 9 Land Use Permit
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) All gravel projects must comply with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) safety regulations. If explosives will be used, MSHA requires a Blasting Safety Plan
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Some projects may require wetlands fill permits or other USACE permits
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) If explosives will be used, ATF requires an Explosives License or Permit 

NANA may be able to assist you with permitting questions, but it is the responsibility of the Local Manager or Contractor to apply for and comply with all elements of the permit, and to pay the permit fees.