Onshore Petroleum Exploration Licence - New South Wales


You will require this licence if you intend to explore for petroleum (including conventional and coal seam gas) over a specific area of land within New South Wales. Please be aware that there is currently a freeze on assessing new applications for this licence. No new applications will be considered until the Strategic Release Framework is in place.

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.

Holders of this licence have the exclusive right, in accordance with the conditions of the licence, 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.

It is recommended you consult with the Agency's petroleum geologists prior to applying for this licence.

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:

  • 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 your technical qualifications and the technical qualifications of your advisers
  • evidence of your ability to comply with the legislation (for example, a statement of undertaking)
  • all the requested documentation set out in the application form and pay the required fee.

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

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


Up to 6 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Petroleum Exploration Licence Application - There is a freeze on assessing new applications for Petroleum Exploration Licences. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
Renew All Application to Renew a Petroleum Exploration Licence - PDF (Opens in new window)
Vary All Application for Variation of a Low-Impact Petroleum Exploration Licence or Special Prospecting Authority to Authorise Additional Prospecting - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 NSW

Application process


Your application must be accompanied by details of finances, technical advisors and the project and work to be undertaken.

Approval time

3 months.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Division of Resources and Energy

Mineral Resources

Contact details

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

Title Services

Mineral Resources

Division of Resources and Energy

Department of Planning and Environment

Operating address: 516 High Street
Maitland, New South Wales 2320
Mailing address: PO Box 344
Hunter Regional Mail Centre
NSW 2310
Phone: 02 4931 6500
Fax: 02 4931 6776
Email: Titles.services@industry.nsw.gov.au