Apply for an extension of abandonment period

A use is considered abandoned if it is discontinued for 12 months or longer.

You can apply for an extension to the abandonment period if:

  • you have a building or use that was lawful under previous planning rules but
  • it has been discontinued for less than 12 months.

Before you apply

When making an application, you should decide if you need an extension under:

  • section 59A - permitted use
  • section 37 - existing use.

If you are not sure whether you are eligible for an extension, contact a planner from Development Assessment Services.

Supporting information

You will need:

  • owner's authorisation if you are not the property owner
  • development permit number if applicable
  • details and reasons for the extension
  • evidence of the existing use (for an application under section 37).

How to apply

To apply, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Submit your application

Submit an abandonment of use application through the DAO website.

Step 2. Pay the fee

You must pay an application fee.

You can either pay:

All fees are non-refundable, even if your application is unsuccessful.

After you apply

Read below to find out what happens after you submit your application.

Decision maker

For section 59A:

  • Development Consent Authority (within DCA areas) or
  • the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (outside of DCA areas).

For section 37 - Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

Administrating branch

The administrating branch is Development Assessment Services.

Contact a planner.


Last updated: 19 April 2021

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