Minerals Development Act, 1995

Application fees for certain State mining facilities.

5.—(1) Any person may apply to the Minister for—

(a) a State mining lease under section 26 of the Principal Act,

(b) a licence under section 17 of the Act of 1979,

(c) an undertaking to grant a State mining lease or a licence under section 13 of the Principal Act, or

(d) the carrying out of an undertaking referred to in paragraph (c) of this subsection.

(2) Any application for a licence, lease, undertaking, or the carrying out of an undertaking specified in subsection (1) of this section shall be subject to such fees, payable in such manner, as the Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, prescribe by regulations.

(3) Regulations made under this section may provide for different provisions in respect of different classes of cases and different circumstances.

(4) Where under regulations made under this section a fee is payable in respect of any application, the application shall not be considered or decided, as the case may be, by the Minister unless the Minister is in receipt of the fee or the appropriate part thereof, as the case may be.

(5) Every regulation made under this section shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation is passed by either such House within the next 21 days on which that House has sat after the regulation is laid before it, the regulation shall be annulled accordingly but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.