Offshore Petroleum Exploration Permit - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require a permit if you intend to explore a specified area for petroleum within 3 nautical miles off the shore of New South Wales. Please be aware that anything introductory to, or knowingly connected with exploration for petroleum will require a permit. Petroleum means any naturally occurring hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbon, whether in a gaseous, liquor or solid state. Petroleum is used to produce fuels including petrol, paraffin and diesel oil.

This permit will allow you to:

  • explore for petroleum
  • carry on such operations and execute such works as are necessary for that purpose, in the specified area.

The Agency may invite applications for the grant of a permit in respect of a block or blocks. Please be aware that if petroleum is discovered you will need to apply for a production licence to produce petroleum and a pipeline licence to convey petroleum.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must provide:

  • evidence that the exploration does not cover more than 400 blocks
  • proposals for work and expenditure in respect of the blocks specified in the application
  • evidence of technical qualifications and technical advice
  • evidence of financial resources available
  • the required fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Permit is valid for 6 years after initial application and on instigation of renewal, for 5 years periods thereafter.


6 year anniversary of grant of application (5 years after renewal).



Annual fee (or $50 for each block to which the permit relates at the beginning of the year concerned, whichever is the greater).


Exploration permit


For related corporations.



Offshore Petroleum Exploration Permit Application - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources

Act(s) name

Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Offshore) Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources

Operating address:
516 High Street
Maitland, New South Wales 2320
Mailing address:
PO Box 344
Hunter Regional Mail Centre
NSW 2310


02 4931 6666

Toll Free:

1300 736 122


02 4931 6790


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