Licensing & consents

The NSTA regulates the licensing of exploration and development of the UK’s offshore and onshore (England) oil and gas resources, carbon storage, gas storage and unloading activities.


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Licensing system

Licensing Systems 345X235

Detailed guidance on all aspects of offshore and onshore licensing.

Licensing rounds


The latest offshore and onshore licensing rounds.

Types of Licence


An overview of the different types of exploration licences.



Our Petroleum e-business assignment and relinquishment system (PEARS)...

Carbon storage


Detailed guidance on all aspects of the carbon storage licensing system.

Gas storage & unloading


Detailed guidance on all aspects of the gas storage and unloading licensing...

Licence Documents and Data

Licensing Documents & Data 345X235

A comprehensive library of current and historic licensing data.


Consents@2X (1)

Guidance on PWAs and variations, flaring and venting, and the NSTA consents team.