Metal Detecting In Ohio?

You Should Know The Law

Metal detecting in Ohio follows the ARPA (Archeological Resources Preservation Act).

Please click on the link below for the ARPA explanation and some of the problems people face who break this law.

Be sure and read through the entire page at the link above.

Even though ARPA does not specifically mention "metal detecting", you need to understand what ARPA says about digging artifacts.

ARPA and You

And if ARPA isn't enough of a law, Ohio like many other States has to deal with another set of laws under the

National Historic Preservation Act - NHPA.

You can visit the following link for more information on the NHPA.

National Historic Preservation Act

To keep this law stuff simple:

if you are detecting in Ohio, especially on State Land,

do not dig anything that you believe is an artifact, or anything that is older than 100 years.

If you want to detect on private property, then be sure you get written permission from the landowner.

For metal detecting in Ohio, town, village and city parks, you'll need to check with those local officials.

I cannot be responsible for any outdated laws from the time of this posting.

My home page is all about metal detecting in eastern ghost towns.

Have you

been metal detecting in Ohio ghost towns?