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Planning and Design Code

A single set of planning rules to enable high quality development


The Planning and Design Code (the Code) is the cornerstone of South Australia’s new planning system. The Code will replace all development plans to become the single source of planning policy for assessing development applications across the state.

The Code will provide South Australians with planning policy that is consistent and clear, making the planning process quicker, simpler and more equitable. This will help the community to navigate the planning system when building a house, developing a business or progressing large commercial developments.

The Code is being progressively introduced across South Australia, commencing in the outback before moving to rural council areas and concluding in urban areas.

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Next steps for the Planning and Design Code

Following close of consultation of the draft Planning and Design Code for Phase Two (Rural areas) and Phase Three (Urban areas), a What We Have Heard Report will be released followed by an Engagement Report which will be forwarded to the Minister for consideration in making a decision. Following the Minister’s approval, the finalised Planning and Design Code along with the ePlanning platform will be made publicly available so that everyone has an opportunity to see and experience it before it is implemented in SA’s rural areas in July and urban areas in September.

 

Phase Two and Three of the Planning and Design Code

Learn more about Phase Two and Phase Three on consultation

 
Draft Planning and Design Code for Phase Three (Urban Areas) (PDF, 27464 KB) Oct 19
Draft Planning and Design Code for Phase Two (Rural Areas) (PDF, 12353 KB) Oct 19
Community Engagement Plan - Planning and Design Code Consultation (Phase 2 and Phase 3) (PDF, 852 KB) Sep 19

People and Neighbourhoods

 
People and Neighbourhoods Policy Discussion Paper (PDF, 11910 KB) Sep 19
People and Neighbourhoods Background Paper by Professor Emma Baker and Professor Jon Kellett, University of Adelaide  (PDF, 763 KB) Sep 19

Renewable Energy

 
Renewable Energy in the Planning and Design Code - Discussion Paper (PDF, 1734 KB) Jul 19
Renewable Energy Policy in SA Infographic (PDF, 786 KB) Jul 19 

Previous consultations

 
Heritage in Transition - Practitioner Guide (PDF, 1018 KB) Aug 19
Planning and Design Code in the Outback - Version 1 (1 July 2019) (PDF, 3408 KB) Jul 19
Planning and Design Code in the Outback - Version 1 (1 July 2019) - Engagement Report (PDF, 1117 KB) Jul 19
Planning and Design Code in the Outback - Version 1 (1 July 2019) - Technical Advice Report (PDF, 571 KB) Jul 19
Community Guide to the Planning and Design Code in the Outback (PDF, 1397 KB) Jul 19
Productive Economy - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 687 KB) Jun 19
State Planning Commission overview of neighbourhood growth and change (PDF, 2970 KB) May 19
Practitioner overview of heritage and character in the new planning system (PDF, 1150 KB) May 19
Practitioner snapshot of heritage and character in the new planning system (PDF, 1993 KB) May 19
Community guide to heritage and character in the new planning system (PDF, 812 KB) May 19
Community guide to design in the new planning system (PDF, 8649 KB) May 19
A guide to demolition control for heritage in the new planning system (PDF, 105 KB) May 19
Phase One of the Planning and Design Code - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 5126 KB) May 19
Integrated Movement Systems - Discussion Paper - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 3873 KB) Mar 19
Natural Resources and Environment - Discussion Paper - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 2450 KB) Mar 19
Productive Economy - Discussion Paper (PDF, 13253 KB) Nov 18
Productive Economy - Background Paper (PDF, 3829 KB) Nov 18
Productive Economy - Summary (PDF, 5639 KB) Nov 18
Productive Economy - Deloitte - Land Use Planning and the South Australian Economy (PDF, 455 KB) Aug 18
Integrated Movement Systems - Discussion Paper (PDF, 1752 KB) Aug 18
Integrated Movement Systems - Background Paper (PDF, 4187 KB) Aug 18
Integrated Movement Systems - Summary (PDF, 500 KB) Aug 18  
Natural Resources and Environment - Discussion Paper (PDF, 1505 KB) Aug 18
Natural Resources and Environment - Background Paper (PDF, 5563 KB) Aug 18
Natural Resources and Environment - Summary (PDF, 269 KB) Aug 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Discussion Paper - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 1835 KB) Aug 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Future Land Use Definitions and Classes - What We Have Heard Report (PDF, 2099 KB) Aug 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Future Land Use Definitions and Classes (PDF, 312 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Summary (PDF, 555 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code: How will it work? - Discussion Paper (PDF, 1445 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code - Introductory Blueprint - Summary (PDF, 2742 KB) Mar 18
The Planning and Design Code - Introductory Blueprint - Discussion Paper (PDF, 6588 KB) Mar 18

Presentations

 
Planning and Design Code - UDIA SA Conference 2017 (Sally Smith, DPTI) (PDF, 1673 KB) Sep 17