Onshore Petroleum Exploration Licence - New South Wales

Description

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

Licence

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.

Duration

Up to 6 years.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $10000.00 For less than 3 years
Apply Licence All $15000.00 For longer than 3 years.
Renew Renewal All $10000.00 For less than 3 years.
Renew Renewal All $15000.00 For longer than 3 years.

Forms

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 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Application process

Apply

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, Industry and Environment

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Operating address: 323 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Mailing address: PO BOX K348
Haymarket, New South Wales 1240
Phone: 02 4063 6500
Phone: 1300 736 122
Email: information@planning.nsw.gov.au
Website: Division of Resources and Geoscience (Opens in new window)