Onshore Petroleum Production Lease - New South Wales

Service summary

An Onshore Petroleum Production Lease is required to obtain the exclusive right to conduct petroleum mining operations on land included in the lease. This lease will allow you to construct and maintain such works, buildings, plant, waterways, roads, pipelines, dams, reservoirs, tanks, pumping stations, tramways, railways, telephone lines, electric powerlines and other structures and equipment as are necessary.

Please be aware that a production lease will only be granted to an application that holds an exploration licence or an assessment lease.

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 for this lease, you must:

  • have an exploration licence or assessment lease for the land intended to be leased
  • provide details of proposed work, including work program, methods and area of exploration, your qualifications and any technical advisers to be employed, estimated costs
  • provide details of available finances to prove sufficient funds to carry out exploration, including the latest annual report or audited accounts. If finance is provided by another company, must provide letter of guarantee for finances
  • publish your application for lease within 21 days of lodgement in a newspaper widely circulated in the State.

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


Duration is dependent on terms of lease up to a maximum of 21 years.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Title Services
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 6500


02 4931 6776

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