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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.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey has now closed.

    The draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 has evolved from three stages of public consultation, and the proposed changes are intended to:

    • be less complex

    • be easier for users to navigate

    • more clearly identify all requirements and considerations relevant to a particular development and how they will influence the exercise of discretion by the consent authority

    • introduce simplified processes for developments with reduced potential for adverse impact.

    It is important to note that the new scheme does not change existing zones or development requirements such as changes to car parking ratios, building heights and densities and minimum lot sizes. Comments outside of the scope of the proposed amendment may not be addressed during this round of consultation and will inform further ongoing work.


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    This survey has now closed.

    The Planning Amendment Bill 2020 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on the 13 February 2020 and is currently going through the legislation making process.

    Some of the proposed changes to the Planning Act 1999 include:

      • expanded purpose and objectives of the Act

      • clearer definition of planning scheme components

      • changes to the Development Consent Authority (DCA) appointment and termination requirements

      • changes to public notification requirements

      • more enforcement powers.

    In order to implement the changes proposed in the Bill consequential amendments will be required to the Planning Regulations 2000.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This consultation has now closed.

    Consultation has concluded
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