Exploration Permit - Western Australia


You will need this permit if you intend to explore for petroleum in submerged lands. Exploring for petroleum includes conducting any geophysical survey intended to search for petroleum. Petroleum is any naturally occurring hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbons, including oil and gas.

The agency will periodically invite applications for petroleum exploration. You may make a bid for up to 400 graticular blocks of territory at any one time.

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 permit you must:

  • ensure you and your employees who will likely be involved in your intended activities hold relevant technical qualifications
  • have sufficient technical advice and financial resources.

    If you are lodging an application on behalf of a consortium you will need to demonstrate that the consortium will be viable into the future.


    Six years but can be renewed for five year periods.


    Fees Details for this service in table format.

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    Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


    Act(s) name

    Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 Western Australia

    Regulation(s) name

    Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Regulations 1990 Western Australia

    Application process


    Forms can be downloaded and submitted online through the Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR).

    Administering agency

    Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety


    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:

    General Enquiries


    Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

    Western Australia
    Phone: 08 9222 3759
    Email: petroleum.titles@dmirs.wa.gov.au
    Website: Petroleum (Opens in new window)