Petroleum permits

Types of permits

NZP&M issues permits to prospect, explore or mine petroleum onshore and offshore.

Block Offer permit tender process

The New Zealand Government allocates petroleum exploration permits in an annual tender called a ‘Block Offer’.

Apply for other permits or manage current permits

Under the Crown Minerals Act, a permit is required to prospect, explore, or mine for petroleum.

Petroleum Permit Webmaps

NZP&M provides online maps using real-time data to show all current petroleum permits, applications, and Block Offers in New Zealand.

Fees, Royalties and ERLs

An overview of petroleum permit fees and royalty requirements.

Compliance and reporting requirements

The Crown Minerals Act requires all permit holders to keep detailed records and reports on prospecting, exploration, and mining activity.