Permits, licenses and consents for oil and gas

Our regulatory services help you achieve compliance and remain fully compliant with national and international regulations as well as continuing to operate as safely and efficiently as possible by formalising the permits, licences and consents (PLANC) compliance process. We support you with a systematic approach to the identification of compliance obligations, assessment of applicability to your operations, and evaluation of compliance.

We help you reduce downtime and non-productive time (NPT) and maintain the efficiency of operation without compromising on safety, quality, brand or reputation. We ensure critical elements of risk management strategies are adhered to; safeguarding people, the environment and material assets from hazardous events and adverse effects of natural disasters.

Our services can be applied to all asset types from equipment, wells and drill rigs to pipelines, fixed platforms and onshore facilities as well as working environment, processes and people. We work to internationally agreed rules and standards, many of which we have helped to develop as one of the most established global risk management service providers.

We are also recognised as a well operator by the UK Government providing you with two benefits:

  1. Customer operators with an irregular program of drilling don’t need to spend time or expense maintaining the management systems required to be a well operator.
  2. Lloyd's Register manage the submissions, admin and permitting, ensuring a more joined up approach and avoiding the need for the customer operator to hire costly external consultants.

Our services include:

  • Identification of legal requirements, permit licences and consents with respect to installation, pipelines and sub-sea facilities, wells, drill cuttings piles, etc.
  • Safety and environmental management systems (SEMS) development and contractor management documentation to support the compliance assurance process covering well management, supply chain and duty holder/licence holders:
    • SEMS II contractor safety evaluation
    • SEMS II gap analysis
    • Third-party audit of safety and environmental management systems (SEMS II)
    LR is one of only five audit service providers (ASPs) accredited by the Centre for Offshore Safety (COS) to conduct offshore SEMS II audits
  • Preparation of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) operating permit applications and supporting documentation including:
    • Safety case
    • Pollution prevention and control (PPC) permits
    • Oil spill pollution plans
    • Environmental statements and reporting
  • Audit, review and verification for the evaluation of compliance against regulatory and other requirements
  • Survey and inspection of plant and equipment for compliance with regulation and class requirements
  • Third-party verification of formal verification schemes and well examination schemes
  • Representing clients in negotiations with regulator
  • Independent verification, validation and certification of assurance systems, technical data, design plans and non-financial reporting obligations
  • Licence holder due-diligence reviews to ensure operators are satisfactorily carrying out their duties
  • Third-party assessments to assess competency of staff and contractors to meet legal requirements

Other specialist areas include:

  • Environmental risk management
  • Occupied building studies
  • Intervention well control equipment surveys
  • Well operatorship status
  • Well management systems and quality, health, safety and environmental management
  • Shear verification
  • Blowout preventer verification and BOP compatibility verification
  • Competence assessment
  • Well examination


  • Ensure health, safety and environmental factors are effectively in place for your asset, equipment and team
  • Keep your project on time and on budget
  • Improve equipment/asset reliability
  • Identification of operational risks
  • Compliance with government regulations
  • Reduce downtime
  • Greener and more cost effective operations by virtue of reduced emissions and reductions in running costs
  • Compliance with oil and gas industry standards, including the prevailing regulatory framework (emerging regulatory changes) in which the well resides and in the UK, compliance with Regulation 18 of the Offshore Installations and Wells Regulations 1996 for well design, construction, operation, suspension and abandonment