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Our Current System

South Australia’s planning system is changing. As the new system is introduced over the coming years, our current system will continue to support all planning and development in the state.

The current planning system has a number of key components, including:

  • Legislation - The Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008 are the core legislative components guiding planning and development in this SA. It outlines the framework for strategic planning, policy development and development assessment.
  • Planning Strategy - Provides the overarching strategic direction for land use and development in South Australia, covering different geographic regions of the state.
  • Development Plans - Contains the policy and zoning used in the assessment of development applications. Changes to Development Plans occur through the Development Plan Amendment Process, which includes community consultation.
  • Building rules - Prescribe the minimum technical requirements that apply to building and construction work and consist of the Development Regulations 2008, the Building Code of Australia and, where applicable, Minister's Specifications.