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.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must provide an annual report to the department every 12 months.


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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5831.00

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Miscellaneous All $966.00

Surrender. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Miscellaneous All $552.00

Annual rent per block. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Renewal All $2297.00

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Variation All $966.00

Fees for 2022-23

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Petroleum Titles Fees and Rents (Opens in new window)

Additional information

All applications are advertised by the agency. The agency will arrange the advertisement, but you will be responsible for the cost.

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.