Typically, development applications are lodged with and assessed by the relevant council. However, for specified types of development (such as large or complex developments, land divisions or applications for areas outside a council area), applications are lodged with the Development Assessment Commission.
Development approval is required for new buildings or structures, changing or demolishing buildings, a change in land use, or the division of land. Development approval requires two consents to be granted and are:
Depending on the type of development being proposed, the process and authority overseeing the assessment can vary. In each case, this is determined by the Development Act 1993 and the Development Regulations 2008.
The division of land or adjustment of boundaries into community or torrens titles is a three staged process;
Below are links to pages with further information on these processes:
Where the Minister for Planning believes a proposal to be of major social, economic or environmental importance, they may declare it a ‘Major Development’ under section 46 of the Development Act 1993.
A detailed assessment process then begins to decide whether the proposal will go ahead. This typically includes public consultation.
The pre-lodgement service was introduced to help achieve better design and planning outcomes for developments that are determined by the Development Assessment Commission in South Australia. It’s a free, voluntary and confidential process in which proponents and key decision makers work together to streamline and improve development applications.
The Residential Code helps to simplify planning approval for common residential developments. From 11 April, 2013 private certifiers as well as councils may complete planning assessments of residential code developments. Further information on the Residential Code is available.
The public register enables searching and display of applications currently under review of the Development Assessment Commission, The Minister or The Governor.
To find an application under review of a local council, please contact the council where the development is proposed.