Offshore Petroleum Production Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to carry on operations for the recovery of petroleum in any area located in any offshore areas of Western Australia.

The holder of an exploration permit or a retention lease can apply for a production licence within the permit or lease area. Where a commercial discovery is made, the successful explorer has a statutory right to the grant of a production licence.

The Minister can also invite applications for a production licence over an area, which is not part of any exploration permit or retention lease, when a reservoir is already known to exist.

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 licence, you must:

  • provide evidence that the site is commercial
  • tender for any advertised known resources
  • provide all required information and documentation, including work plans and production development plans, to the relevant authority
  • pay any required fees.

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



21 years.



Further fees apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.



Forms can be downloaded and submitted online through the Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR).

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Act(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Regulations 1990 (Western Australia)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Mailing address:
Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth,Western Australia,6004


08 9222 3333


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