NT Planning Commission hearings

This page has information about the role of the Northern Territory Planning Commission in hearings for rezoning, planning scheme amendments and exceptional development permits.

Purpose of the hearing

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is the person who makes the final decision about all applications for rezoning, planning scheme amendments and exceptional development permits.

If an application for a planning scheme amendment, rezoning or exceptional development permit is lodged with the department, the Planning Commission holds a hearing on the submissions received on behalf of the minister.

Hearings are open to the public. 

The requirement of a hearing is established under section 22 of the Planning Act. Read the law.

Before the hearing

The Planning Commission will invite all of the following representatives to the hearing:

  • Northern Territory (NT) service authorities
  • local government
  • people who made written submissions about the application.

Before the hearing, a report will be written by the department. The report will give the Planning Commission details of the application and issues that have been raised in submissions.

These reports are available two dates before a hearing on the NT Planning Commission website.

At the hearing

The chair or presiding member will invite the applicant to talk about their application.

People who made a submission about the application, including local government and NT service authorities, will also be invited to speak about their submission.

People speaking at the hearing should address their comments to the Planning Commission, not to the applicant or other people at the hearing.

After the hearing

The Planning Commission gives a report to the minister about all the issues raised at the hearing in the submissions, and any other matters that the Commission thinks should be taken into account when the minister makes a decision about the application.

The Planning Commission does not make any decisions on planning scheme amendments, rezoning or exceptional development permit applications.

Hearing dates and agendas

Hearings are held when needed in: 

  • Alice Springs
  • Batchelor
  • Darwin
  • Katherine
  • Litchfield
  • Palmerston
  • Tennant Creek.

Current meeting dates and reports are available on the NT Planning Commission website two days before a hearing.

Other meetings

Read more about Development Consent Authority meeting dates and agendas.

Read about other public hearings on behalf of the minister.

Last updated: 27 June 2017