Petroleum titles fees and rents

This page has information on the application fees for petroleum titles and a pipeline permit and licence, the annual rent and administration fees, miscellaneous fees and advertising costs.

The title fees and rents listed below apply from 1 July 2016.

All fees and rents have been converted from revenue units. A revenue unit is worth $1.15 as at 1 July 2016, and may change on that date each year. 

Monetary value is subject to indexation under the Revenue Units Act. 

For more information go to the revenue units at the NorthernTerritory Treasury and Finance website.

Application and renewal fees 

You must pay a fee when you apply or renew a petroleum title. Application fees are not refunded if the application is withdrawn or refused.  Applications will not be accepted without correct payment.

Title  type

Petroleum Act

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act

Energy Pipelines Act

Exploration permit/pipeline permit

$5,280

$4,927

$4,600

Retention licence/lease

$3,967

$1,642

Production licence/lease

$2,627

$1,642

Pipeline licence

$4,927

$4,600

Access authority

$875

Special prospecting authority

$985

Renewal - exploration permit

$2,080

$1,642

Renewal - retention licence/lease

$2,080

$1,642

Renewal - production licence/lease

$2,627

$1,642

Renewal - pipeline licence

$1,642

Variation, suspension, extension - exploration permit

$875

Variation, suspension, extension - retention licence/lease

$875

Variation, suspension, extension - production licence/lease

$875

Variation - pipeline licence

$985

$1,611

 Surrender - exploration permit/licence 

$875

Annual rent registration fees 

You must pay the annual rent on a title, each year that a petroleum title remains valid. Payment is due before the anniversary of the grant date. These fees are GST exempt.

The title will be cancelled if you don't pay the annual rent.

Title  type

Petroleum Act

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act

Energy Pipelines 
Act

Exploration permit - per block

$92

$84 / $1,500 minimum fee

Retention licence/lease - per block

$10,827

$12,075

Production licence/lease - per block

$13,225

$18,000

Pipeline licence

$120 per kilometre

$537 minimum fee/refer to formula below 

Formula is A = B x C x D.  
A is the fee payable, B is the prescribed unit amount (currently 90 cents), C is the average internal pipeline diameter expressed in metres, D is the pipeline length expressed in metres.

Registration fees

You must pay registration  fees for the following transactions.

Transaction  type

Petroleum Act

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act

Energy Pipelines Act

Transfer of Title

$1,313

1.5% or $985 minimum fee

$196

Transfer of Title – related corporations

$4,927

$196

Approval of dealing - that creates or assigns an interest in a title

$765

1.5% or $985 minimum fee

$196

Devolution of title [devolved by operation of law]

$65

$97

$40

Miscellaneous fees

Transaction  type

Petroleum Act

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act

Energy Pipelines Act

 

An inspection of register and other instruments

$21

$21

$6

 

A copy / extract of register or other instrument (per page)

$6

$5.75

$18

 

A certificate issued by the Registrar

$37

$32

$96

 

Information in or accompanying an application (S 61(2))

$65

 

Change of name

$97

 

Advertising costs

You must pay the cost of advertising your petroleum title application in the newspaper. The department advertises all applications in the NT News. Some applications may also be advertised in the Koori Mail, depending on the tenure of the land and where it is.

The department arranges the advertising. You will be invoiced for the cost once the application has been published in the newspaper.

Last updated: 13 October 2017