Licence for metal detector

A common question that I’m asked in person by my fellow metal detector fans is regarding the licence for the metal detector. I had this question as well a few years ago and while I’m not an expert I think I have an answer that’s generically available.

The short answer is no, as long as you are in a public place like the beaches or a national park, no licence for metal detectors will be needed.

In case you plan to metal detect on private property try to find the owner and negotiate with him the terms.

licence for metal detector

Licence for metal detectors is not really needed in most of the common cases, but please check on the local administration website if that’s possible just to be extra safe because these sort of things change from year to year.

Here is a list of countries where I found that this rule is available:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Namibia
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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I hope that my quick answer explaining the licence for metal detectors will help you out.

In case you find anything that’s worth sharing about licencing, please share this with our viewers in the comments below. I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated!


I’m one of the founders of this blog. A 32 yr old from Lincolnshire & proud father of 3 beautiful children. My first metal detector was a garret ace 150 but I am currently using the Garrett ace 400i. My best find was a roman coin. Feel free to ask me any questions.

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Linda - February 4, 2023

Hi. My 6 year old granddaughter wants us to buy her a metal detector. We live near a beach and she likes the idea of finding “treasures”. Are the cheap kids detectors a waste of money or can you recommend a cheap starter detector. Thanks

Jim Byrne - June 4, 2023

I’m Irish and my family owned a farm in Wexford but it’s since sold, I’m going back for a visit for summer and want to metal detect it as there’s a lot of history there, do I need a license (obviously I need permission from owner) and how can I get the license ??

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