Exploration Licence (EL) - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to explore for minerals in the Northern Territory. It enables you to occupy the title area and provides the exclusive right to explore minerals in the title area, using any or all of the following methods:

  • digging pits, trenches and holes, and sinking bores and tunnels in the mineral title area
  • drilling to find out the quality, quantity or extent of other material in the title area
  • extracting and removing samples of ore and other substances from the title area in amounts necessary to evaluate the potential for mining in the title area - large samples need ministerial approval.

Service type


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


Up to six years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $434.00

Fees for 2021-22

Apply Licence All -

Annual rent - cost per block

  • years 1 & 2 - $38
  • years 3 & 4 - $76
  • years 5 & 6 - $155
  • subsequent years after renewal - $217
Fees for 2021-22
Apply Miscellaneous All $310.00

Annual administrative fee. Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Customer Services Officer

Titles Division

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Northern Territory
Operating address: Centrepoint Building
Floor 5
50 Smith Street
Darwin, Northern Territory 0800
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4550
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 5322
Fax: 08 8981 7106
Email: titles.info@nt.gov.au
Website: Department of Primary Industry and Resources (Opens in new window)