Petroleum Exploration Permit - Northern Territory


You will need this permit if you intend to explore for petroleum onshore or in coastal waters. Petroleum means any naturally occurring oil or gas.

This permit will grant you the exclusive right to conduct petroleum exploration activities in the title area. Exploration activities include:

  • airborne gravity and magnetic surveys
  • ground based seismic surveys
  • well drilling.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Permit is valid for 5 years with a maximum of 2 permit renewals.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees for 2023-24 can be found here.

Other resources

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Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Energy Division

Contact details

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