Planning Reform

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The updated Planning Act 1999, Planning Regulations 2000 and Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020
came into force on Friday 31 July 2020


Implementation of Phase 1 of Planning Reform is now well underway.

The new planning legislation and NT Planning Scheme are now in force. You can:

Website improvements are also rolling out. You can now:

  • check out the new layout and subscribe to get planning notices straight to your inbox on Planning Notices
  • lodge and pay for all planning applications through Lodge and Track
  • check out the new land planning and development home page at nt.gov.au/planning

Keep checking back at nt.gov.au/planning as more content continues to be added, including more information for the community about how to get involved in all stages of planning.

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


The updated Planning Act 1999, Planning Regulations 2000 and Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020
came into force on Friday 31 July 2020


Implementation of Phase 1 of Planning Reform is now well underway.

The new planning legislation and NT Planning Scheme are now in force. You can:

Website improvements are also rolling out. You can now:

  • check out the new layout and subscribe to get planning notices straight to your inbox on Planning Notices
  • lodge and pay for all planning applications through Lodge and Track
  • check out the new land planning and development home page at nt.gov.au/planning

Keep checking back at nt.gov.au/planning as more content continues to be added, including more information for the community about how to get involved in all stages of planning.

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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    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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