Petroleum pipeline licence - Queensland


You will need this licence if you intend to construct a petroleum pipeline outside the area of your petroleum lease. A petroleum pipeline licence (PPL) gives you the right to construct and operate the pipeline on designated 'pipeline land.'

There are two types of licence available:

  • Area PPL - allows you to build a system of pipes within the area of the licence without having to have a licence for each single pipeline. An area PPL can extend over several adjacent petroleum leases.
  • Point-to-point PPL - granted from one point, or points, to another point, or points.

The preferred way of securing designated pipeline land is usually to use existing road, rail or powerline easements. However, if the pipeline needs to cross private land, you will have to consult with the landowner about obtaining land for your pipeline. These discussions will usually result in the creation of an easement on private land in return for some form of compensation. If the landowner refuses to negotiate with you, or refuses you easement access, you can apply for a Part 5 permission.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to construct a pipeline, the land must be land you own or over which you have:

  • an easement
  • a written agreement with the landowner to enter to construct and operate the pipeline
  • a Part 5 permission.

If an offer of a pipeline licence is sent to you by the Minister, you may be required to pay the first years licence fee and a security deposit, if you accept the offer.


This licence remains in effect for the period specified in the licence. Generally, this is for a term of 30 years. The Minister may renew the licence at their discretion.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5053.02

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All -

Annual licence fee:

  • per km for a point-to-point licence - $171.83
  • per km of an area licence - $42.56.

Fees for 2023-24

Application process


You can apply for a petroleum facility licence electronically using the MyMinesOnline system on the Business Queensland website. Alternatively you may complete an application form and submit any attachments and the prescribed fee at a Mines lodgement office.

A pipeline licence cannot be granted until an environmental authority is issued. To obtain an environmental authority, contact the department. A security may be required, along with the first year's licence fee for the pipeline licence.

Transfer process


A pipeline licence may be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Contact details

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