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Electronic Development Application lodgement

Second stage of online development application system completed

The processing of development applications in the Northern Territory has accelerated, following completion of the second stage of an electronic lodgement process.  The web-based system of the NT Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment, began as Development Applications Online in 2010, improving access to submission procedures for large- and small-scale projects.

The Northern Territory is now the only state or territory that accepts all development applications using the Internet.

The latest advance targets the lodgement and processing of applications for subdivisions, and also slashes red tape in obtaining land titles.

This year the Northern Territory achieved the highest score of all states and territories on the Property Council of Australia’s National Development Assessment Report Card. The report recognised the simplicity and ability to move applications through the assessment process.

Using the online Development Application system, major developers and the public can:

  • Lodge applications.

  • Pay application fees.

  • Submit documents supporting the application (including survey plans and clearances from authorities such as councils, Power Water and Telstra).

  • Track the processing of their application.

Development applications no longer need be submitted over-the-counter and may be approved on the day they are tendered.

Eventually, electronic lodgement and processing of development applications will be paperless.

The two stage $650,000 project has attracted funds from the Northern Territory and Australian governments.