Minerals Development Act 2017

Refusal to grant prospecting licence or retention licence after public notice

26. (1) If the Minister decides to refuse to grant or renew a prospecting licence or a retention licence after giving public notice under section 25 , the Minister shall notify the applicant of the requirements specified in section 24 (1) that have not been met and provide the applicant with an opportunity to submit written representations within 30 days after the date on which the notice was sent.

(2) If, after considering any written representations that have been submitted to the Minister under subsection (1), the Minister still considers that any requirements have not been met, the Minister shall send to the applicant a notice of refusal with reasons.

(3) If the Minister sends an applicant a notice of refusal, the Minister shall not grant a prospecting licence or retention licence to the applicant unless a new application is submitted.