Development permit conditions

If you are issued with a development permit, there are steps you still need to take before you start work.

Understand your development permit

Your development permit is made up of a number of parts.

These may include:

  • permit number
  • approved purpose
  • variations granted
  • conditions precedent
  • general conditions
  • notes
  • endorsed plans.

Read below to find out more.

Permit number

Your permit number is the reference number for your permit. It usually begins with DP.

You must provide this number if you want to:

  • make an enquiry
  • request a certificate of compliance
  • request an extension of time
  • request a variation to your conditions.

Approved purpose

The approved purpose broadly describes the scope of the use, development and works that were approved through your permit.

Variations granted

This section records any variation from the minimum standards of the NT Planning Scheme that were approved.

For example, you may have variations that allow reduced:

  • car parking requirements
  • setback requirements.

Conditions precedent

Some permits will include conditions precedent.

These are requirements that must be met before you can start any work on your use or development.

You may also have to show that you have met these requirements before the DCA will endorse your plans.

For example, you may need to prepare the following:

  • an amended development plan
  • a traffic impact study
  • a site contamination audit
  • an erosion and sediment control plan (ESCP)
  • a stormwater management plan.

General conditions

General conditions are conditions you must meet during work and when you finish your development.

They may include any of the following:

  • works completed in line with the endorsed plans
  • power, water and telecommunications installed to the standard of the relevant agency
  • roads and property accesses constructed to the standard of the:
    • council or
    • Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

You may also have general conditions that:

  • are ongoing throughout the life of your development - for example:
    • the maintenance of landscaping
    • restricted operating hours, or
  • place limits on your permit - for example, where it has been issued for a limited time for a temporary use.

If you don't comply with general conditions, you may face enforcement action under the Planning Act.

To prove that your development was constructed in line with your general conditions, including your endorsed plans, you can apply for a certificate of compliance.


Notes provide important information that may:

  • help you to meet the conditions of your permit or
  • remind you about your obligations under other legislation.

Notes may include:

  • contact details for service authorities
  • information about your obligations.

Notes are not conditions you have to meet to show compliance under the Planning Act.

Endorsed plans

Endorsed plans are signed by the consent authority and form part of your permit.

You must comply with any endorsed plans referenced in the conditions of your permit.

Endorsed plans often include:

  • floor plans
  • elevations
  • landscaping plans.

Last updated: 31 July 2020

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