Geothermal Exploration Permit - Northern Territory


You will need this 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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible 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.


5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5578.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Renewal All $5578.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Variation All $222.00

Variation, suspension, or extension. Fees for 2023-24

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.