There are laws that control how land can be used and developed in the Northern Territory.
The Planning Act 1999 provides for appropriate and orderly planning and control of the use and development of land.
- establishes the NT Planning Scheme and provides for a development approval process
- provides for interim development control
- provides for an appeals regime and enforcement
- establishes the Development Consent Authority.
The Planning Regulations 2000 deal with matters of a procedural or administrative nature and include exempt subdivisions, notices of decisions and requirements for advertising development applications. It also prescribes circumstances where a right of third party appeal exists.
Planning Act enforcement
The Development Consent Authority or the Minister for Lands and Planning can prosecute you for breaching the Act, a planning scheme or a development permit.
Provision is also made for an individual to institute proceedings to enforce or secure compliance under the Act.
Provision is made for default penalties to be imposed in the case of a continuing breach and the court may order work to be done to remedy a contravention.
Last updated: 10 November 2019