Changes to NT planning laws

On 31 July 2020, planning laws changed in the Northern Territory (NT).

Changes have been made to the following:

  • NT Planning Act 1999 and Planning Regulations 2000
  • NT Planning Scheme.

Industry, developers and the public must follow the new laws, regulations and planning scheme.

What has changed

Changes to the Planning Act and Regulations include:

  • updated objectives to make the planning system fairer and more open
  • clearer definitions of responsibilities for planning stakeholders
  • new timeframes and notification requirements for applications.

Changes to the NT Planning Scheme

Changes to the NT Planning Scheme include:

  • a new layout and structure to make it easier to use
  • local policies and area plans having a bigger say in decision-making
  • more guidance around development requirements
  • simplified assessment and application processes.


For development applications and permits, contact:

Development Assessment Services
08 8999 6046

For planning scheme amendments, including rezoning land, contact:

Lands Planning
08 8999 8963

Last updated: 31 July 2020

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