Licence to Construct or Operate a Pipeline - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to operate or construct a pipeline.

You must ensure that the design, construction, operation and maintenance of any pipeline operated under the licence are in accordance with the relevant standards. This licence may be reviewed by the Minister at minimum intervals of 21 years.

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 apply and gain the consent of the Minister to construct or operate a pipeline.




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Act(s) name

Pipelines Act 1967 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Pipelines Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Application process


The process for obtaining this licence is as follows:

  • authority to survey - this is an optional stage that you can apply for to allow you to access to lands to investigate potential pipeline routes
  • licence to construct - allows construction of the pipeline within the licence area. This includes the commencement or continuation of construction, or the alteration or reconstruction, of a pipeline
  • consent to operate - granted when the pipeline is fit for its purpose and can be operated safely. You must lodge and implement a pipeline management plan consisting of written plans, policies and procedure.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Energy NSW

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