Pipeline Licences - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to construct or operate a pipeline. This applies to any pipelines used to carry petroleum, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, nitrogen, compressed air, sulphuric acid or methanol. Your licence will specify the authorised route of the pipeline. The pipeline must be constructed along the authorised route in accordance with standards, and conditions specified in the licence.

The consent of the Agency is required prior to commencing construction or operation of the pipeline.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Prior to applying for a licence you must:

  • have a consultation plan in place that has been approved by the Agency
  • obtain the consent to enter the land of all affected landowners for the purposes of carrying out any necessary surveys
  • notify all landowners in the proposed pipeline corridor.

If you are unable to obtain the consent of the relevant landowners, you may apply to the Minister for approval to access the land without consent.

To be eligible for a licence you must:

  • submit a scaled map that indicates proposed pipeline corridor
  • provide any other required information, including the purpose of the pipeline
  • pay any required fees.

Ongoing requirements

Construction must commence within 1 year of the issuing of the licence, and must be completed within 2 years of commencement.

Before commencing operations you must:

  • have a Safety Management Plan approved by Energy Safe Victoria
  • have an Environment Management Plan approved by the relevant Agency.


As specified on the licence.



Fees will vary. Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted.



Application for Pipeline Licences - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.



Please submit application and any associated documents to the relevant Authority.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Energy and Earth Resources

Act(s) name

Pipelines Act 2005 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Pipelines Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Energy and Earth Resources

Operating address:
Level 15
1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Mailing address:
Earth Resources Information Centre
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


13 61 86


http://www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/ Opens in a new browser window

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