Electricity Licences - Northern Territory


You will need a licence if you intend to carry on operations in the electricity supply industry. There are five different categories of operation licences. You may apply for any of the following categories:

  • a retail licence to sell electricity to customers
  • a generation licence to generate electricity that can be sold to either a licenced generator or retailer
  • a network licence to own or operate an electricity network within a geographic area and connect the network to another electricity network
  • a system control licence to control the relevant power system to ensure the system operates reliably, safely and efficiently
  • an isolated system licence to generate and retail electricity, and also own and operate a network. This licence is intended for systems with no (or unlikely) interaction with another licensed entity.

Each licence will require you to comply with applicable codes, rules, protocols and standards, and there may be conditions imposed on your licence to facilitate this.

Service type


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


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1500.00 Fee for 2021-22
Apply Renewal All $1500.00 Fee for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for an Electricity Licence - please contact the agency for relevant forms.

Approval time

Up to six months

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Utilities Commission

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:

Utilities Commission

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Northern Territory
Operating address: NT House
Level 3
22 Mitchell Street
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Mailing address: GPO BOX 915
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Contact us phone: 08 8999 5480
Email: utilities.commission@nt.gov.au

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