Exploration permit - coal (EPC) - Queensland


You will need this permit if you intend to use advanced exploration methods to determine the quality and quantity of coal present. This permit allows you to prospect, conduct geophysical surveys, drilling and testing of materials

An exploration permit will only be issued for an area of 300 sub-blocks or less, or 6 blocks if they are adjacent to an existing project. Other size restrictions may apply in restricted areas or due to specific legislative requirements.

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 be either:

  • be a natural person at least 18 years of age
  • a registered company (including a registered foreign company).

You must also address any native title requirements and environmental authority requirements before applying.


Up to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1441.60

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $177.76

Rent per sub-block. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $718.68

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Application All $718.68

Extension of term. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


An exploration permit for coal may only be applied for through a competitive tender process. In the case of highly prospective coal areas, the tender will have a cash bidding component.

You can obtain this permit by submitting a completed tender application through the Queensland Government QTenders website.

If the tender includes a cash bidding component, the applicant must submit a cash bid with the application.

The latest version of the application forms can be downloaded from the department website or by contacting your regional or Brisbane district office of the Department.

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • proposed work program of exploration and advice on how the program will be carried out
  • a statement specifying the estimated human, technical and financial resources proposed to be committed to during each year of the permit
  • statement of financial position and available technical resources
  • numbers and qualifications of professional and other staff responsible for planning, conducting and reporting for each year of the program
  • a statement about how and when consultation with each owner and occupier or private and public land will be or are likely to be carried out
  • permit holders are required to have an environmental authority unless the area they apply for is 4 sub-blocks or less.  Applicants must complete an EA form and attach supporting documentation.  This form and supporting documentation must be submitted with your permit application.

Further information about your application for an exploration permit may be obtained by reading the mineral and coal exploration guideline which can be downloaded at the Department's website.

Any person interested in obtaining mining tenure is advised to contact the relevant mining registrar or departmental staff for further information before lodging any application.

You must lodge a financial assurance and accept terms and conditions before approval is granted. Compliance with the native title process is also required.

Transfer process


This permit can be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Contact details

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