Drilling and Operating Oil and Gas Wells in California
All California oil and gas wells, onshore and offshore (within three nautical miles of the coastline), located on state and private lands are permitted, drilled, operated, and plugged and abandoned under requirements and procedures administered by the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).
Before DOGGR can approve a
Notice of Intention to Drill a New Well (PDF), every operator must designate an agent who resides in California and serves as the company contact for all correspondence, including well permits. An individual operator may appoint himself or herself as agent.
The Notice of Intention to Drill form must be filed, in duplicate, with the
appropriate DOGGR district office. DOGGR approval must be received before drilling can begin. An individual indemnity or cash bond must accompany every Notice of Intention to Drill, unless a blanket bond has been filed previously. Individual bond amounts are based on well depth.
An operator may request confidential status for exploratory wells and certain other wells where there may be extenuating circumstances. The request must be in writing and provide sufficient justification.
If you have any questions, please contact the
appropriate DOGGR district office.
The following references and links are provided to assist new operators when drilling and operating oil and gas wells in California.
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Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) Publications |
Access to DOGGR Oil and Gas Well Data |
California Statutes and Regulations for DOGGR |
Oil and Gas Well Blowout Prevention in California I ,
Oil and Gas Well Blowout Prevention in California II and
Oil and Gas Well Blowout Prevention in California III
OG100 - Well Summary Report (OG100 is an updated form)|
OG103 - History |
OG106 - Notice of Intention to Drill (OG106 replaces OG105, OD107, OG108, OG123)|
OG106 - Supplementary Notice (OG106 replaces Supplementary Notice OG123) |
OG150 - Oil and Gas Organization Information - Designation of Agent (OG150 replaces OGD42D, OG134A, OD134B)|
OGD7 - Contact Questionnaire |
OG160 - Oil and Gas Bond (OG160 replaces all previous bond forms including the blanket or individual, onshore/offshore bond, indemnity or cash, et al.)|
OG188 - Well Bond Rider |
OG30A - Notification of Well and/or Facility Disposition (OG30A is an updated form)|