Onshore Petroleum Exploration Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to explore for petroleum (including conventional and coal seam gas) over a specific area.

Exploration licences for petroleum will be granted in the form of graticular blocks (minimum 1 block, maximum 140 blocks) over areas considered available and appropriate by the agency.

Licence holders have the exclusive right to prospect for petroleum on the land specified in the licence. The purpose of exploration is to locate areas where resources may be present and establish the quality and quantity of those resources.

Please be aware that there is currently a freeze on assessing new applications for this licence.

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:

  • a map or plan of the intended area of land
  • a proposed work program that indicates the nature and extent of operations
  • evidence of your financial standing
  • evidence of a work program that provides for the carrying out of the proposed activities, such as community consultation and environmental management
  • evidence of your technical qualifications and the technical qualifications of your advisers
  • evidence of your ability to comply with the legislation and regulations (for example, a statement of undertaking)
  • all the requested documentation set out in the application form.

Applications will be assessed primarily on the work program proposed for the area in question.


Up to 6 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

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Act(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Approval time

Three months

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

NSW Resources

Contact details

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