Planning rules for private open space

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.

Private open space is any outdoor area used exclusively by occupants of a dwelling.

It can include any of the following:

  • backyard
  • deck
  • balcony
  • front garden
  • pool area.

Private open space must meet certain rules within the Northern Territory (NT) Planning Scheme 2020.

It must be all of the following:

  • open to the sky
  • mainly permeable to:
    • allow stormwater infiltration and
    • reduce the runoff from the site
  • appropriately sited to extend the function of the house
  • of adequate size to provide for domestic uses and outdoor living activities
  • inclusive of areas for landscaping and tree planting.

To find out more, read the technical note for private open space requirements PDF (848.0 KB) under clause 5.4.6 of the NT Planning Scheme.

Last updated: 01 August 2020

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