Development assessment is the process of granting approval that is required for creating new buildings or structures, altering or demolishing buildings, a change in land use or the division of land. Approval includes two types of consent:
Typically, applications are lodged with and assessed by local councils. However, applications are also lodged with our state’s development assessment body. This is usually for large or complex developments which may have a significance for our whole state, land divisions or applications that fall in areas outside a local council area.
Currently, the system is guided by the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008 legislation.
In 2020, South Australia will have a new planning system with a quicker and more responsive process for assessing development proposals. To find out more please visit Planning Reforms.