Development Permit - Northern Territory

Service summary

Depending on the applicable zoning or other planning controls, a development permit may be required for the development or use of land. Whether a permit is required in a particular case depends on the type of development and the zoning requirements applicable.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be either the landowner or have written authorisation of the landowner to lodge a development application


Usually allows 2 years to commence works and a further 2 years to complete them; Unless otherwise specified, a permit continues in force indefinitely for a completed building or works.


Varies depending on purpose and scale of development.


The paper form 'Application for Development Permit' is available from the agency.

Additional information

Applications can be lodged online at

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Act(s) name

Planning Act 1999 (Northern Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Planning Regulations 2000 (Northern Territory)

Contact details

Development Assessment Services

Operating address:
Darwin and Regional Offices





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