Non-Coal Program

Non-coal resources currently mined in Arkansas are soil, clay, shale, gravel, stone, limestone, sand, gypsum, bauxite, and novaculite. APC&EC Rule 15, the Arkansas Open-Cut Mining and Land Reclamation Regulation that was adopted pursuant to Arkansas Act 827 of 1991, provides non-coal mining operations with performance standards to be followed during mining and during the process of reclaiming the land to a beneficial use.

Arkansas Act 1166 of 1997 provides for regulation of stone quarries.

DEQ's Non-Coal Program staff has regulatory oversight for more than 300 sites, including roughly 260 open-cut sites and 96 quarries. The staff makes routine inspections at as many sites as possible each year and also investigates complaints.

Permit Application Forms and Documents

Select the appropriate category below to find permit application forms and documents. We suggest reviewing our mining handbook and the relevant laws and regulations if applicable before getting started.

Open-Cut and In-Stream Mining

Quarry Mining

Additional Permits for Mining Operations

In addition to mining permits, your mining operation may require a stormwater or an air permit.

Contact DEQ's Enterprise Services for help in determining which permits may be required for your mining operation.


To determine what type of stormwater permit or air permit your mining operation may need, contact: