The National Capital Plan defines areas that have the special characteristics of the National Capital to be 'Designated Areas'. In these areas approval of works is the responsibility of the National Capital Authority (NCA).

There are some areas outside of the 'Designated Areas' that are important to character of the National Capital but not to the extent of Designated Areas. These areas are subject to Special Requirements under the National Capital Plan. These are additional to the requirements of the Territory Plan.

The National Capital Plan sets out Special Requirements for development of these areas in the interests of the National Capital. Special Requirements are given effect either by Principles and Policies in the National Capital Plan or separate Development Control Plans (DCPs) which are approved by the NCA to guide development in association with the requirements of Territory Plan.

Areas subject to Special Requirements

The areas subject to Special Requirements that are given effect by Principles and Policies in the National Capital Plan include:

  • City Centre
  • Kingston Foreshore
  • Northbourne Avenue (South of Antill Street)

The areas subject to Special Requirements that are given effect through Development Control Plans (DCPs) include:

  • Haig and Telopea Parks
  • Land fronting the Main Avenues and Approach Routes to the National Capital such as:
    • Adelaide Avenue
    • Barton Highway
    • Brisbane Avenue
    • Canberra Avenue
    • Northbourne Avenue (north of Antill Street)
    • Federal Highway
    • Monaro Highway
    • Pialligo Avenue (not including Canberra Airport)
  • National Land sites outside of the Designated Areas, such as:
    • Tidbinbilla Deep Space Complex
    • Australian Federal Police Majura Complex
    • Benjamin and Cameron Offices in Belconnen
    • Tuggeranong Office Park
    • Former CSIRO Headquarters in Campbell
    • CSIRO Ginninderra

A map showing the areas subject to Special Requirements of the National Capital Plan:

Who Approves Development Proposals in areas subject to Special Requirements?

In most cases Special Requirements will apply to Territory Land (managed by the ACT Government), as such development proposals are subject to approval by the ACT Government's planning and land authority. Such proposals must conform to the provisions of the Territory Plan as well as the Development Control Plan approved by the NCA.

Where special requirements cover National Land (managed by the Commonwealth), development proposals are submitted to the NCA for endorsement.

A list of approved Development Control Plans (DCPs) can be found here.

Do I need a DCP?

The plan requires Development Control Plans be approved by the NCA in the following areas subject to Special Requirements:

  • land fronting the Main Avenues and Approach Routes to the National Capital (not including Northbourne Avenue from Antill Street to City Hill)
  • and National Land sites.

The Development Control Plan process

1. Development intention expressed

  • Confirm site is in an area subject to special requirements
  • Proponent notifies and consults with the NCA

2. Development Control Plan drafted

A Development Control Plan is drafted by the NCA, or by a suitably qualified consultant on behalf of the owner of a particular development site.

The draft Development Control Plan needs to:

  • respond to relevant provisions of National Capital Plan
  • reflect relevant provisions of Territory Plan
  • set out requirements considered by the NCA to be in the interests of the National Capital.

3. Consultation undertaken

  • Public consultation is undertaken in accordance with the NCA's 'Commitment to Community Consultation' for 30 business days
  • Following consultation, comments are considered and the Draft DCP revised if necessary.

4. Decision

  • Decision is made on the DCP by the NCA
  • Proponent and the Territory Planning Authority are advised of decision
  • Other interested parties and submitters are advised of decision.