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Oil, Gas, and Metallic Mineral Regulatory Information

Administration of the State of Iowa’s laws and regulations governing oil, gas, and metallic mineral exploration and production are assigned to the Geological Survey Bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The specific laws and rules are Code of Iowa Chapter 458A, and the Iowa Administrative Code Energy and Geological Resources [565] Chapter 51. Copies of these laws and rules can be downloaded from the Iowa General Assembly Homepage by searching under the Iowa Law and Court Rules, and the Administrative Rules sections of the general assembly homepage.

According to these laws and rules, operators are required to obtain a drilling permit from the department, and to file specific forms with the department.  Procedures to apply for a permit to drill or deepen a well for oil, gas, or metallic minerals are contained in Summary of Procedures for Oil, Gas, and Metallic Minerals Operations.  All forms pertaining to the regulations governing oil, gas, and metallic mineral exploration and production are listed below.  The Iowa Department of Health regulates radioactive down-hole logging in Iowa. To view the Iowa Administrative Code regulations click here. These forms are in pdf format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  To download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.


Red ball icon FORM IGS-1 Application to Drill or Deepen a Well for Oil, Gas, Metallic Minerals, Geological Information, Storage of Dry Natural Gas or Liquid Petroleum Gas
Red ball icon FORM GSB-2 Organization Report
Red ball icon FORM GSB-3
Bond for Conformance with Laws, Rules and Regulations Governing Oil, Gas, and Metallic Mineral Operations in the State of Iowa
Red ball icon FORM GSB-3a
Release of Bond
Red ball icon FORM GSB-5
Sundry Notices and Reports on Wells
Red ball icon FORM GSB-6
Well Completion of Recompletion Report and Well Log
Red ball icon FORM GSB-7
Well Plugging Record
Red ball icon FORM GSB-8
Report of Oil Production
Red ball icon FORM GSB-9
Producers Certificate of Compliance and Authorization to Transport Oil or Gas from Lease

 Link to Oil and Gas Sites contained in the GEOSAM database.

 For additional information or questions pertaining to oil, gas, and metallic mineral exploration and production contact:

State Geologist
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Geological Survey
109 Trowbridge Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1319
Phone: 319-335-1575
Fax: 319-335-2754
Robert D. Libra