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.
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:
- online through the DAO website - the preferred payment method
- in person by cash or card at your nearest planning office.
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.
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.
The administrating branch is Development Assessment Services.
Last updated: 19 April 2021
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