Rebuilding will be in many ways subject to the normal development application (DA) processes overseen and approved by the Planning and Land Authority of the ACT.

Territory Plan Variation 343 (V343) allows dual occupancy and unit titling rights for some Mr Fluffy affected blocks surrendered as part of the ACT Government's voluntary Buyback Program.

In general, in the preparation of your development application you may be assisted by industry professionals such as architects, draftspersons and building certifiers and can lodge your development application online using eDevelopment.

Importantly you must be the owner of the title on the block before a development application can be submitted.

A more detailed list of the development application requirements in available from the Planning and Land Authority. Call the Customer Service Centre on 6207 1923.

General process

  • Preparation: your development application, find out how your plan is zoned through ACTmapi and access the design and sitting requirements for residences in the ACT through the residential codes.
  • Lodgement: Once lodged, your DA is assessed against the relevant code of the Territory Plan, objectives of the zone the land is in and the suitability of land for the development. The Planning and Land Authority also takes into consideration all representations made during notification, advice from other entities like ActewAGL, a plan of management for any public land and the likely impact of the development, including any environmental impact.
  • Processing: Processing time for an application depends on what track it is in and whether or not anyone comments during public notification of the DA. The statutory timeframe for assessing code track applications is 20 working days from date of lodgement. The statutory timeframe for merit and impact tracks is 30 working days from date of lodgement if no representations are received and 45 working days from date of lodgement when representations are received.
  • Decision: The Planning and Land Authority notifies the applicant of its decisions in writing. People who make a representation are also notified of the Planning and Land Authority's decision on an application.


  • If your development is located in an established area, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your neighbours during the design stage to ensure the development proposal considers all of the issues that might arise. Even though neighbour consultation is not statutory, it is encouraged and should occur before a DA is lodged with the Planning and Land Authority.
  • If your proposal requires major notification, letters will be sent to the adjoining neighbours, a sign placed on the site and an advertisement placed in the newspaper. Notification is carried out by the Planning and Land Authority after a development application has been lodged in the merit track or impact track.
  • For some development applications you will be required to get approvals from other ACT agencies such as ActewAGL and the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS).
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