The Development Consent Authority is established under section 82 of the Planning Act. Divisions of the Development Consent Authority determine development applications within their division area. Outside of these areas the consent authority is the Minister.
Currently there are 7 division areas, generally associated with the larger population centres, Alice Springs, Batchelor, Darwin, Katherine, Litchfield, Palmerston and Tennant Creek.
A copy of the gazette notice that established the Divisions of the Development Consent Authority and maps of the 7 division areas are provided:
The Development Consent Authority also has a role in conducting hearings in relation to planning scheme amendments and providing reports to the Minister.