Permission to access a government managed road

The Northern Territory (NT) Government manages 22,000km of roads.

If you are planning a development, activity or infrastructure project that will impact on the road network, you must apply for approval first.

This page provides a guide for developers about the requirements you need to follow.

Minor developments

Minor developments include:

  • a single access point for your residential property onto a NT Government road
  • a single storm water connection into the NT Government storm water collection system.

To get advice and find out how to apply, email or call 08 8924 7252.

You should also read the minor developments approval process flowchart DOCX (285.9 KB).

If you are not sure if your development or access is on a NT Government managed road, check who manages a road in the NT.

Major developments

Step 1: Read the development guidelines

You can download the full development guidelines PDF (3.4 MB)

You should also read the major developments approval process flowchart DOCX (258.7 KB).

The development guidelines give you a process to follow when applying for approval to develop or access a road.

This includes:

  • development application process
  • developer responsibilities
  • works acceptance process
  • forms
  • definition of terms.

You will need to complete each form for the different processes contained in the development guidelines PDF (3.4 MB).

These forms must be emailed to

You or your consultant will also need to follow the technical references for professionals in putting together your application.

Developers should refer their consultants and contractors to the technical references for professionals for information on accepted standards.

Step 2: Contact the department

You should contact the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics before you start your development. We can provide assistance to help you through the process.

You can arrange a meeting with our team by emailing or call 08 8924 7252.

You can also provide feedback through email or by calling the team.

Last updated: 03 January 2019

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