Offshore Petroleum Exploration Permit - New South Wales


You will need this permit if you intend to explore for petroleum offshore. Petroleum means any naturally occurring hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbon, whether in a gaseous, liquor or solid state.

Permit holders are authorised to:

  • explore for petroleum in a specified area within three nautical miles of the New South Wales coastline
  • carry on such operations and execute such works as are necessary for that purpose, in the specified area.

The agency may invite applications for the grant of a permit in respect of a block or blocks. Please be aware that if petroleum is discovered you will need to apply for a production licence to produce petroleum and a pipeline licence to convey petroleum.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must provide:


  • evidence that the exploration does not cover more than 400 blocks
  • proposals for work and expenditure in respect of the blocks specified in the application
  • evidence of technical qualifications and technical advice
  • evidence of financial resources available.


6 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $3000.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All -

$1000, or $50 for each block to which the permit relates, whichever is greater. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $1200.00

Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All -

Transfer fees:

  • generally - $600.00
  • for related corporations - $3000.00.

Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Offshore) Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.