Exploration Licence in Retention (ELR) - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you find an ore body of economic potential within your exploration licence area which is not commercially viable, or which requires more feasibility work. 

This licence will allow you to do any study or test needed to assess whether mining the ore body is commercially viable and you will have the exclusive right to apply for a mineral lease.

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 hold a granted Exploration Licence over the land area.


Up to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $270.00

Administration Fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All $24.00

Rent per hectare. Fees for 2023-24

Lodge Application All $270.00

Fees for 2023-24

Additional information

If the department considers mining in an Exploration Licence in Retention (ELR) area is viable, then you must either apply for a mineral lease or explain in writing why you haven't done so. If you don't apply, or the explanation is not accepted, the department can cancel the licence.

The area applied for under an ELR is calculated in hectares instead of blocks. It can be for all or part of your existing exploration licence area. If it covers the entire exploration licence area, the retention licence then replaces the original exploration licence. But if not, the EL remains in force for the remaining area.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Titles Division

Contact details

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