NT subdivision development guidelines

The Northern Territory (NT) subdivision development guidelines set out minimum design and construction standards for land subdivisions in the NT.

Authorities that have approved and accepted the guidelines are listed on page IV in part 1 of the guidelines.

Part 1 also includes section 14 variations that detail when authorities depart from the guidelines.

Read below for more information or get the guidelines on the NT subdivision development guidelines website.

Who should use the guidelines

You should use the guidelines if you are:

  • an industry professional including a developer or planner
  • subdividing land in the NT.

When to use the guidelines

These guidelines apply to all land subdivisions, including residential, industrial and rural, that require:

  • consent under the Planning Act and
  • handover of public infrastructure to authorities.

They don’t apply to other forms of development such as a new building or change of use.

A development permit for a subdivision will usually include conditions that require additional works. You must carry out these works in line with the guidelines.

Handover of public infrastructure

Subdivisions generally require certain public infrastructure to be built. For example, lighting, pathways, utility infrastructure or stormwater drainage. Once built, this infrastructure is handed over to the relevant authorities as they are public assets.

The level of public infrastructure handed over to authorities depends on the scale of subdivision. General examples include the below.

This is where a developed lot is subdivided into two lots and takes the form of a new residential or industrial lot.

This type of subdivision may require:

  • a driveway
  • stormwater drainage
  • utility infrastructure such as water, wastewater, electrical and communications

This type of subdivision:

  • takes place on land that hasn't been developed before
  • becomes a new residential or industrial estate.

A greenfield subdivision may require:

  • new streets
  • pathways
  • driveways
  • public open space (where applicable)
  • soft landscaping
  • stormwater drainage
  • utility infrastructure such as water, wastewater, electrical and communications
  • lighting.

This type of subdivision:

  • involves re-subdivision of land that has already been developed and
  • may include the subdivision or consolidation of residential/mixed use, industrial, or rural zoned land.

A brownfield subdivision may require:

  • pathway
  • driveways
  • public open space (where applicable)
  • soft landscaping
  • stormwater drainage
  • utility infrastructure such as water, wastewater, electrical and communications
  • lighting.

Contact

For more information, email subdivision.guidelines@nt.gov.au.


Last updated: 23 December 2021

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