Petroleum Production Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to explore, test for and produce hydrocarbons from within a licence area. Hydrocarbons are naturally occurring compounds which form the basis of oil and gas from which petroleum is made.

A production licence gives you the exclusive rights to carry out petroleum recovery operations within the licence area, according to an approved field management plan and individual activity work approvals.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible this licence you must make a commercially viable petroleum discovery under your exploration permit.

When you discover petroleum in your coastal waters permit area, you may nominate the blocks which contain the petroleum to be declared as a location. You must declare a location before you can apply for a production licence over the area.



21 or 25 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $12003.00

Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $2833.00

Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Petroleum Production Licence - Please contact the agency for relevant forms.

Other resources

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

Application process


You must apply in writing and include all of the following:

  • a letter that makes specific reference to the section(s) of the legislation under which the application requires approval
  • your name and address
  • the designated number of each block within the application area
  • a map clearly indicating the application area and the boundaries of existing exploration permit, production licence or retention lease areas
  • details of the petroleum exploration permit/retention lease history
  • evidence you have the technical and financial capacity to carry out the proposed work program to and to comply with the legislation
  • proposed sharing arrangements if there are more than two applicants
  • a field development plan
  • a field environment plan.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Petroleum Registrar

Energy Division

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Northern Territory
Operating address: Fourth Floor, Centrepoint Building
48-50 Smith Street Mall
Darwin NT 0800
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4550
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 7112
Fax: 08 8999 5191