Planning and Development

The Northern Territory Government Department of Lands and Planning is responsible for administering the Northern Territory Planning Scheme which covers Darwin Municipality.

Visit the Department‘s web site at  Under Service Sites, click on Lands and Building.  Here you will find the heading NT Lands Group.  This site contains information on a number of Groups within the Department of Lands and Planning. Depending on your needs you can click on Building, Planning, Land Administration and Land Information.


The planning process and Council’s involvement

Step 1. Pre-Application

Developers and owners may take the opportunity to discuss with Council any issues that may arise during the application process.
Areas that can be discussed include;

  • Stormwater connection to City of Darwin's infrastructure
  • Road access
  • Driveways
  • Landscaping within the verge
  • Waste requirements

The subdivision guidelines, policies and standard drawings all provide information on what is required from Council.

Step 2.  The Application

All Development Applications in the Darwin Munici