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dhcd.nt.gov.au Page 6 of 35 March 2017, version 12 allotment in the assessment record. In relation to the relevant allotment, the assessment record must show where the land is located and what category it falls into. The location and particular allotment should be identifiable by reference to a map. If the rates declaration and assessment record are not accurate, they can be challenged. Zoning and defining boundaries Some of the land in the Northern Territory is zoned by virtue of being included in the NT Planning Scheme. These zones are subject to extensive consultation and are then gazzetted as official instruments. The different zones are detailed in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme. The Planning Scheme applies in municipal areas but is less likely to apply in regional and shire areas. The boundaries between different types of zones are shown on Planning Scheme maps. Councils which do not use Planning Scheme zones need to refer to maps or other resources in the assessment record to ensure there is no doubt about the identification, location and categorisation of allotments. Councils which cannot or do not take advantage of the NT Planning Scheme zones to categorise land need to have a method of categorising land for rating purposes. Residential Land categorised as residential is generally land used or intended for residential living. Commercial Land categorised as commercial is generally for use by organisations to carry out a business including a retail business. Industrial Land categorised as industrial is generally land used or intended for industrial or manufacturing purposes. Mining tenement Mining tenement means a statutory lease or authority authorising the commercial production of minerals, petroleum or natural gas from land. However, if some further statutory authorisation or approval is necessary for the commercial production of minerals, petroleum or natural gas from the land, such a lease or authority is not to be considered a mining tenement unless the further statutory authorisation or approval exists.