Jabiru Town Plan

Updated plan

The Jabiru Town Plan 2019 came into force on 31 October 2019.

The 2019 version replaces the 1981 town plan.

Read the amendment decision PDF (1.2 MB).

The Jabiru Town Plan is a specific planning scheme for Jabiru in accordance with section 8 of the Planning Act.

Outside of Jabiru, the Northern Territory Planning Scheme applies to the whole of the Territory.


The 2019 Jabiru Town Plan includes all of the following:

  • statements about land use policy
  • development controls that allow, prohibit or put conditions on the use or development of land
  • instructions, guidelines and criteria to help the consent authority assess and decide on development applications
  • maps, plans, designs and diagrams.

Jabiru Town Plan 2019 PDF (2.9 MB)

Individual scheme sections

Get the individual sections below.

Table of contents PDF (140.5 KB)

User guide PDF (600.8 KB)

Part 1 PDF (530.4 KB) – including application of the planning scheme, exceptions and definitions

Part 2 PDF (210.5 KB) – planning principles and framework

Part 3 PDF (627.4 KB) – zones and zone purpose

Part 4 PDF (932.5 KB) – performance criteria for general, residential, commercial, industrial and non-urban use and development

Part 5 PDF (244.7 KB) – subdivision

Part 6 PDF (216.2 KB) – transport and infrastructure

Schedule 1: schedule to clause 2.7 PDF (99.6 KB) - reference to guidelines

Schedule 2: town of Jabiru masterplan PDF (1.2 MB)

Zoning matrix PDF (151.4 KB)

Referenced documents

The plan needs to be read alongside referenced documents including the:

The Community Safety Design Guide should be addressed when making a development application.

The consent authority may refer to this guide when making a decision.

The Jabiru Town Plan is managed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, on behalf of the Director of National Parks.

Any amendments require the plan to be repealed and replaced, and approved by the Director of National Parks.

Amendments may be either of the following:

  • a change to diagrams, text or policies initiated by the government
  • a rezoning submitted as an amendment application by a person or the minister.

You should contact Lands Planning to discuss any potential amendment to the Jabiru Town Plan.

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is an independent statutory authority that develops plans and planning policies for use alongside the town plan, or that may be included in the town plan.

Read more on the Northern Territory Planning Commission website.

The 2019 Jabiru Town Plan introduces new zones.

Some existing land uses are now prohibited by the new requirements of the 2019 plan.

These are known as non-conforming uses.

Under the law, an established use that becomes a non-conforming use may continue and even expand to a limited extent. These are called existing use rights.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics can also grant a permit for a use that would otherwise be prohibited. This is known as an exceptional development permit.

Find out more by reading the Planning Act 1999.

Existing development permits

Any development or use that is covered under an existing development permit, issued in accordance with the Jabiru Town Plan 1981, will continue to be current.

You don’t need to obtain a new development permit unless you are varying or changing the existing development or use in any way.

You should contact Development Assessment Services for more information about existing use rights.

Last updated: 31 October 2019

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