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.
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.
Adobe .pdf Format: Download this letter
MS Word .doc Format: Download this letter
Informal Permission Letter
Let me introduce myself:
My name is: ______________________
I have been engaged in the hobby of metal detecting for many
years and find the hobby very interesting, enjoyable and healthful plus the
hobby allows me to meet many interesting people.
Recently, I have found information that your property and the surrounding area goes back many years and property age usually indicates
that there maybe some relics on the property. I would like to obtain your permission for myself and
possibly a friend to do some metal detecting on the property.
I want you to understand that I always respect the property that I metal detect and try to leave it in the same condition as
found it. Normally the targets are no deeper than four to six inches and I retrieve targets with very precise target recovery tools.
In addition, I would like to offer my services to you. Perhaps you or someone you know has lost a ring or some other sentimental
item. I would be willing to metal detect for the lost item and return the item to the original owner for no charge or recovery fee.
I have enclosed a self addressed envelope for your convenience and would be happy to meet with you for further discussion or I will
call you in a few days to discuss the possibly of metal detecting your property.
Attached is a copy of our Metal Detecting Ethics
Ethics for Responsible Metal Detecting
- I will check Federal, State, County and Local Laws before searching. It is my responsibility to KNOW and UNDERSTAND THE LAW.
- I will report to the proper authorities, individual who enters and or remove artifacts from Federal or State Park / Preserves / Historical Sites.
- I will never remove or destroy priceless historical archeological treasures.
- I will not enter Cemeteries for the purpose of metal detecting.
- I will protect our Natural Resource and Wildlife Heritage.
- I will not enter private property without the owner's permission and when possible, such permission will be in writing.
- I will take care to refill all holes and try not to leave any damage.
- I will remove and dispose of any and all trash and litter that I find.
- I will not destroy or tamper with any structures on public or private property or what is left of Ghost Towns.
- I will not contaminate wells, creeks, or other water supplies.
- I will not tamper with signs, maintenance facilities or equipment and leave all gates as found.
- I will approach and educate those who do not follow good metal detecting practices.
- I will not metal detect in competitive hunts if I am the Hunt Master or plant hunt targets.
- I will make every effort to return found property to its rightful owner.
- I will be an ambassador for the hobby, be
thoughtful, considerate and courteous at all times to others their property.