Licence to Construct or Operate a Pipeline - New South Wales


You will require this licence if you intend to survey for, operate or construct a pipeline to convey any gaseous, liquid or solid state substance. However, this excludes the conveyance of petroleum within the adjacent area, as defined offshore petroleum legislation.

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 procedures.

Please be aware that:

  • you must ensure that the design, construction, operation and maintenance of any pipeline operated under the licence are in accordance with the relevant standards
  • if you intend to cease operating a pipeline, or intend to re-commence operation of a ceased pipeline, you must first obtain consent from the Minister.

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 apply and gain the consent of the Minister to construct or operate a pipeline. The licensing process has a number of steps which must be undertaken to ensure that any pipeline complies with all regulatory requirements. Due to the complexities of the licensing process, you should consult with the Contact Officer for more information.


Until cancelled or surrendered. This licence may be reviewed by the Minister at intervals of not less than 21 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Act(s) name

Pipelines Act 1967 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Pipelines Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Application process


Your application must be accompanied by documentation of the following:

  • design and construction of the proposed pipeline
  • the size and capacity of the proposed pipeline
  • the substance intended to be conveyed
  • the proposals for the work and expenditure needed for the construction of the proposed pipeline
  • you and your employees technical qualifications
  • the technical advice available to you
  • your financial resources
  • a plan for the route of the proposed pipeline.

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Energy NSW

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

Energy NSW

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

New South Wales
Mailing address: GPO BOX 39
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Phone: 13 77 88
Website: Energy NSW (Opens in new window)

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