Electricity Industry Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to generate, transmit, distribute, or sell electricity in Western Australia.

Licences are available in four categories:

  • generation (construct or operate generating works)
  • transmission (construct or operate transmission systems)
  • distribution (construct or operate distribution systems)
  • retail (to sell electricity to customers).

If you are located outside the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), you will need to apply for an integrated regional licence in the category relevant to your intended activities.

If you intend to sell electricity to customers through a solar power purchase agreement (SPPA), you need to hold an electricity retail licence.

You will not need a retail licence if you are selling electricity only to retailers and not to end use customers.

You may not need a licence if the relevant generating works, transmission or distribution system is used for the supply of electricity solely for your own consumption, or the consumption of residents of your caravan park.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • have the financial and technical resources to undertake your intended activities
  • ensure your intended activities are not contrary to the public interest
  • be able to comply with any terms and conditions made to your licence
  • meet all other requirements outlined in the licence application guidelines.

Please review the licence application guidelines attached.


Retail licences: 15 years. Other licence types: 30 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
General Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Act(s) name

Electricity Industry Act 2004 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Electricity Industry (Licence Conditions) Regulations 2005 Western Australia

Approval time

90 days

Administering agency

Economic Regulation Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.