Under certain licence terms, licences will be issued for six years and are renewable. Payment of fees, details of increased work and expenditure commitments are required. Work reports must be submited every two years. These will be publicly released after six years or until surrender of the licence (if earlier).

Licence holders should respect the wishes of the landowners regarding access. Minerals Exploration is exempt from controls under the planning Acts and Regulations. Best environmental practice must be in compliance with environmental guidelines. Generally Mineral exploration activities are not likely to have a significant effect on the environment. Advance notice must be given for bulk sampling, drilling and trenching. Activities near environmentally sensitive areas need prior approval.