Apply for a variation of conditions

Changes to planning laws

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

The NT Planning Scheme 2020 also came into force on 31 July 2020. It replaces the 2007 scheme. Read the current planning scheme.

You can apply for a variation of conditions if you:

  • have a development permit or exceptional development permit and
  • want to make minor changes to the conditions including your endorsed plans.

A variation must not:

  • alter a measurable aspect of the development by more than 5%
  • affect the amenity of adjoining or nearby land
  • allow an increase in the number of dwellings.

If the changes are beyond this scope, you must apply for a new development permit.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you will need:

  • the development permit number or exceptional development permit number
  • owner’s authorisation if you are not the property owner
  • details and reasons for the variation
  • dimensioned plans that show the proposed variation - as applicable.

For more information about your application requirements, read the variation of conditions lodgement guide.

How to apply

Apply for a variation of conditions through the Development Applications Online website.


You will need to pay:

After you apply

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

Processing time

It can take between two to four weeks - where you have provided sufficient evidence to support your application.

Decision maker

The decision maker is:

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

Administrating branch

The administrating branch is Development Assessment Services.

Contact a planner.

Last updated: 31 July 2020

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