Abandonment of use

The use of your land may be considered abandoned after a period for either existing or permitted uses.

You, or someone with written authorisation from the land owner, can apply to extend the abandonment period without affecting the validity of other permits for the land. 

Abandonment of existing uses

If the existing use of the land is discontinued for a year or longer, you are presumed to have abandoned the use. 

Abandonment of permitted uses

If a permitted use of the land as detailed in the development permit is discontinued for a year or longer, the permit holder is presumed to have abandoned the use and the development permit is lapsed.

How to apply for an extension

Follow these steps to apply to extend the abandonment period of your land: 

Step 1. Fill in an extension of abandonment period of existing use form (64.6 kb) or an extension of abandonment period of permitted use form (61.7 kb).

Step 2. Submit your completed form to a Development Assessment Services office in person, by email or by fax.

Step 3. Pay the fee. To find out how to and how much you will need to pay, read about development and planning fees and forms: in person and email services.

Assessment process

Once submitted, your application will be assessed by the consent authority. You will be notified of the outcome.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017