Concurrent applications

A concurrent application is both a development proposal, and an amendment or rezoning proposal.

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Get the concurrent application flowchart (504.5 kb).

Concurrent vs two-step application

You can make a concurrent application or, if more appropriate, apply for a planning scheme amendment and then a development permit.

The key advantages of a concurrent application include all of the following:

  • a single application and package of supporting information
  • a single exhibition period for both the amendment and development components of the application
  • a single submission or comment by community members and referral authorities
  • a single hearing for the application.

However, a development permit will only be issued if both the amendment proposal and the development proposal are approved.

If the development proposal is not approved by the consent authority, any rezoning approval will not come into effect.

Use of the concurrent application pathway is voluntary. Depending on your project, you may choose to use either the concurrent process, or the sequential process of seeking a planning scheme amendment and then a development permit.

How to apply

Follow these steps to make a concurrent application.

Step 1. Book a meeting with a planning adviser

You must meet with a planning adviser from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics before making your application.

Book the initial meeting early in the development of your proposal as you may need more than one meeting,

Make your booking at least one week ahead of the appointment and up to two months before the meeting.

Book a pre-application meeting.

Submit as much detail as possible in the form, including the following:

  • any plans, maps or reports you have relating to the proposal, even if they are only at concept stage
  • the number of people who will be attending the meeting so an appropriate venue can be arranged.

Your meeting will be held on a business day at a department office in Darwin, Katherine or Alice Springs.

Step 2. Meet with a planning adviser

Your meeting will be attended by all the following:

  • one or two planners
  • other technical or specialist advisors
  • other consultants you wish to invite - eg: your architect or planning consultant.

Step 3. Submit your application

Follow these steps to submit your concurrent application:

To find out what supporting documents you will need to include with your application read the concurrent application guide to attachments (353.7 kb).

Go to the Development Applications Online website to lodge your application.

To find out how much you have to pay read about development and planning fees and forms: online services and fees.

Application exhibition and consideration process

Your concurrent application will go through the following stages of exhibition, public comment and consideration.

  1. If accepted by the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics for exhibition, you must place yellow signs with a pink border on the site and your proposal will be:
    • exhibited for 28 days as a proposed concurrent application
    • advertised in the newspaper
    • referred to your local council and relevant service authorities for comment.
  2. You will receive copies of any comments received during the exhibition period.
  3. A single public hearing will be held to consider both the development proposal and the amendment proposal. The hearing is usually held by the relevant division of the Development Consent Authority. You and any people who have submitted comments will be invited to attend.
  4. The Development Consent Authority will make a preliminary decision about the development component, and provide a report to the minister about all the issues raised at the hearing.
  5. The minister will consider the amendment proposal, any submissions received, and reports provided by the reporting body and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.
  6. The minister will decide to approve, alter and approve, or refuse the amendment proposal. Based on the minister’s decision on the amendment proposal, the Development Consent Authority will make a final decision to refuse the development application or to issue a development permit.
  7. You will be told if the overall concurrent application is approved, altered and approved or refused.

Current concurrent applications

Read about planning scheme amendments and concurrent applications on exhibition and how to make a comment.

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Last updated: 19 September 2018