Geothermal Exploration Permit - Northern Territory


You will be required to apply for a geothermal exploration permit if you intend to explore for geothermal resources in the Northern Territory.

Geothermal energy is a low-emission alternative energy source to traditional fossil fuels. Heat from the earth, carried by hot water, can be used to generate electricity. It can also be used in industry, agriculture and for heating and cooling buildings and homes. Most areas of the NT are open to geothermal exploration.

If you require any further information, please contact the Department.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • provide details of a realistic exploration program for the first five-year term of the exploration permit
  • prove you have the financial resources to fund the proposed five-year work program
  • prove you have the technical qualifications, or can easily get technical advice, to undertake the proposed program.
If you require any further information on eligibility, please contact the Department.


5 years, can be renewed more than once.


Common Fees details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application $5000.00

Application fee.

Other resources

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Common All Energy Titles Fee Summary - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Geothermal Energy Act 2009 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Geothermal Energy Regulations 2009 Northern Territory

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Energy 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:

Geothermal Registrar

Energy Division

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Operating address: 4th Floor Centrepoint Building
48-50 Smith Street
Darwin NT 0800
Mailing address: GPO Box 4550
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889997112
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