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Submissions on both the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020, and the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020 closed on Friday 24 April 2020.


Statutory Exhibition of the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 occurred from 6 March - 24 April 2020.

The release of a draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020, and the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020, are the next step in the Government’s commitment to reforming the Northern Territory’s planning system.

The changes to the Northern Territory Planning Scheme are being considered through a proposed planning scheme amendment. Click here to review the planning scheme amendment process. The proposed amendment is to repeal the existing Northern Territory Planning Scheme in full and substitute it with the new Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020.

  • View the flyer for a simple summary of the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 and the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020.
  • Use the Explanatory Document as a more detailed guide to help you understand how the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 responds to the planning system improvements initiated through the Planning Amendment Bill 2020.
  • View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that have arisen during recent consultation.
  • View the video below for an overview of the proposed changes.


Feedback from the statutory exhibition of the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 will be used to refine the new Planning Scheme for final consideration by the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, before being brought into effect.

Feedback from the consultation on the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020 will be used to refine the proposed changes to the Planning Regulations 2000, which will be considered by the Executive Council.

For more information on the background of the Planning Reform project you can go to the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics website.


Submissions on both the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020, and the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020 closed on Friday 24 April 2020.


Statutory Exhibition of the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 occurred from 6 March - 24 April 2020.

The release of a draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020, and the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020, are the next step in the Government’s commitment to reforming the Northern Territory’s planning system.

The changes to the Northern Territory Planning Scheme are being considered through a proposed planning scheme amendment. Click here to review the planning scheme amendment process. The proposed amendment is to repeal the existing Northern Territory Planning Scheme in full and substitute it with the new Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020.

  • View the flyer for a simple summary of the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 and the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020.
  • Use the Explanatory Document as a more detailed guide to help you understand how the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 responds to the planning system improvements initiated through the Planning Amendment Bill 2020.
  • View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that have arisen during recent consultation.
  • View the video below for an overview of the proposed changes.


Feedback from the statutory exhibition of the draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 will be used to refine the new Planning Scheme for final consideration by the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, before being brought into effect.

Feedback from the consultation on the draft Planning Amendment Regulations 2020 will be used to refine the proposed changes to the Planning Regulations 2000, which will be considered by the Executive Council.

For more information on the background of the Planning Reform project you can go to the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics website.