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Permission to Search

There are no property's (land) in the U.S. that will not have an owner, either public or private. To be able to metal detect on these lands you may need the property owner’s permission and when ever possible it is best to get permission in writing (Private Property Only).

Remember that all National Park Lands, National Recreation Areas or any other Historical lands, monuments or building are off limits to metal detecting or even having a metal detector in your possession on these lands may be against the law.

Also many states, cities, school entities and counties have regulations that will make metal detecting against the law. In some cases there may be a requirement to get a metal detecting permit from a public agency.

If you are successful in getting permission to search, remember to ask the property owner if there are historical locations on the property. This is important as you may not detect at an historical place on the land (This may vary from State to State) even with the property owner’s permission.


The following permission letter is not a lawyer created metal detecting legal letter. If a MORE formal permission to metal detect letter is required you must contact a legal representative in your area.

Liability Waiver:

Please note the following concerning a liability waiver. Waivers maybe used between individual, however, if there is an injury or other issue that may arise insurance companies could get involved from either party. Insurance Companies will probably not honor any previously agreement made between the parties either oral or in writing.

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Informal Permission Letter

I am requesting permission to search for coins and relics with a metal detector on your property. I am a metal detecting hobbyist and preserve my finds for the pure enjoyment. My recovery methods require the use of hand tools, such as a probe, screw driver or a small trowel and I try to lea e no identifiable trace of my activities.  I respect all property and will not deface or alter anything in regards to my target recovery methods.
Property Address: _____________________________________________________________________
The metal detecting will take place during non-working hours, unless approved otherwise, and will not interfere with the work in progress.
Specific Time: _____________________
Hobbyist: ____________________
Guest: _______________________
Starting Date: _________________ Time: ___________
Ending Date: __________________ Time: ___________
Hobbyist and his guest are fully aware that they are entering the property solely at their own risk, and in doing so will hold free of any claims and /or liabilities against said property owner or authorization party.

This Permission request must be in possession when on the property, and available upon request.
Authorizing Party: ______________________ Date: _____________ Time: __________
Phone: ______________________
Hobbyist: _____________________________ date: ______________ Time: __________
Phone: ______________________

Attached is a copy of our Metal Detecting Ethics

Ethics for Responsible Metal Detecting