Freehold Native Vegetation Clearing Applications: Exhibition and Assessment Process

All freehold native vegetation clearing applications have a public notification period of 14 days during which time a 'pink' planning notice must be erected at the property. 

Applications are exhibited on the internet and a notice placed in the local newspaper during which time the public is invited to make a written submission on any areas of concern.

You can view current applications on the Planning Proposals on Exhibition page of the NT Land Information System website.

Applications are distributed to various Northern Territory Government service authorities, and where relevant, the local council. Service authorities provide their responses to the consent authority to consider in their final assessment and deliberation. All service authority comments are made available to the applicant, who may wish to respond to comments to further support their application.

Freehold applications for zoned land are assessed by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and determined by the relevant Development Consent Authority. Go to the Development One Stop Shop page for more information and details on how to apply. 

Applications for clearing outside planning control areas (i.e. no zone or "unzoned" areas) are assessed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and determined by the delegate of the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

Unzoned land clearing applications

Unzoned land applications for the “clearing of native vegetation” are delegated to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources by the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

The Development One Stop Shop has information for developers and the general public about both the development application process and current applications.

When unzoned land clearing applications have been received, they are distributed to various Northern Territory Government service authorities, and where relevant, the local council. Service authorities provide their responses to the consent authority to consider in their final assessment and deliberation.

All service authority comments are made available to the applicant, who may wish to respond to comments to further support their application.

Unzoned land clearing applications are reviewed by the Native Vegetation Assessment Panel (NVAP) which consists of senior officers with expertise in water management, biodiversity conservation, land resource assessment, primary industries and planning.

Recommendations are made to the delegate of the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics to issue a notice of consent or refusal in accordance with the Planning Act.

Zoned land clearing applications are assessed by Development Assessment Services and recommendations are made to the relevant Development Consent Authority to issue a notice of consent or refusal in accordance with the Planning Act.

Last updated: 28 November 2017