No, minerals belong to the people of Kenya and they are managed on their behalf by the National government. You will need a mining licence or permt to mine minerals
To do mining you need to apply for either a mining permit for a small scale operation or a mining licence for a large scale operation. Application is done online through the mining cadaster portal but first you need to be registered as a user. After registration you will be able to log in the cadaster system and follow prompts to complete your application.
The Mining Act, 2016 gives a 90 days period for a complete application. However, the period can be extended if the application is incomplete and additional requirements are requested
There is a non refundable application fee of KShs.50,000 and annual rent of KShs.2000 per hectare but subject to a minimum of KShs.500,000 for large scale mining licence. A mining permit has a nonrefundable application fee of KShs.1,000 and annual fee of KShs.10,000. There are also stamp duty fees charged by Ministry of Lands at the issue of the licence which varies with the size of the licence.
Yes. You require to have a mineral dealing licence or permit to trade or do business in minerals. A mineral dealing permit only allows one to do mineral business within Kenya but it is not eligible for exports. The Mineral dealings licence is restricted to categories of minerals such precious metals groups, construction and industrial, gemstones and base metals. For each category you need a licence/pemit. A dealing licence \permit is valid for a calendar year. The licence is KSHs20,000 and permit KShs2,000