Minerals and Mining (Licensing) Regulations 2012 (LI 2176)
Regulation 3(1) The Director of the Commission responsible for Mineral Titles is responsible for the administration of mineral rights as well as the maintenance of the cadastre registers.(2) The Director of the Commission responsible for Mineral Titles shall(a) receive and consider applications for extension, reduction, merger, transfer, surrender or other dealings concerning mineral rights;(b) initiate the procedures for termination of a mineral right in accordance with the provisions of the Act and these Regulations;(c) maintain and update the cadastral map to ensure that the map shows existing mineral rights, pending applications, designated areas and restricted or protected areas; and(d) record chronologically(i) in the Priority Register, only applications for mineral rights in respect of vacant areas; and(ii) in the General Register, all other applications, grants and other decisions concerning mineral rights as specified in these Regulations.(3) The grant of a mineral right in respect of an application for a vacant area shall be based on the order of priority of applications as recorded in the Priority Register.(4) The public may access, inspect and make copies of the cadastral map and cadastre registers.shall(5) The Director of the Commission responsible for Mineral Titles(a) act as a technical referee in the event of dispute between holders concerning the delimitation of the areas granted,(b) resolve any disputes resulting from the definition and demarcation of markers and boundary lines of areas subject to mineral rights, and(c) notify the mineral right holders in writing of the decision.(6) For the purpose of administration of the cadastral system, the headquarters of all cadastral activities is the Mineral Titles Department of the Commission in Accra, but cadastral activities may be initiated in the existing District Offices of the Commission or other offices that may be opened, in accordance with these Regulations.(7) The Commission has exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the whole of the country in respect of mineral cadastral matters, and is responsible for:(a) co-ordinating cadastral activities, including the assignment of codes for new applications;(b) receiving and recording applications for mineral rights and permits;(c) reviewing applications;(d) making recommendations to the Minister on the grant or rejection of applications made under these Regulations;(e) notifying applicants on behalf of the Minister regarding applications made under these Regulations;(f) making recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission on the grant or otherwise of small scale mining licences; and(g) issuing of certificates related to the mineral rights and the certificates shall be acceptable in proceedings before any court as evidence of any matter related to a mineral right.(8) The District Office of the Commission is responsible for(a) receiving and recording applications for small scale mining licences within the district; and(b) transferring applications to the headquarters for vetting.(9) An application or notification to the Commission under theseRegulations shall be copied to the Minister.(10) An applicant is not entitled to a refund of fees paid on rejection of an application under these Regulations.(11) Where an applicant or a holder of a mineral right makes a statement to the Commission which the applicant or holder knows is false or misleading in any material particular, and the application is rejected or the mineral right is terminated, the applicant or holder shall not be eligible to apply for a mineral right for at least one hundred and eighty days after the rejection or termination.