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Development Applications

South Australian Planning Reforms

South Australia is currently in the process of transitioning to a new planning and development system through the succession of the Development Act 1993 to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act).

The PDI Act came into operation on 1 April 2017 and its provisions are gradually being introduced in stages to provide for a smooth transition from the current planning system.

Once the PDI Act is totally in effect, every Council Development Plan across the state will be replaced with an overarching ‘Planning and Design Code’ (the Code). There will also be a new set of Development Assessment Regulations (replacing the Development Regulations 2008) and a suite of Practice Directions.

The Code is legislated to come into effect (replacing Council’s Development Plan) across the entire state of South Australia by 1 July 2020.

Further Information: DPTI’s SA Planning Portal includes a wide range of fact sheets, discussion papers and guides to the new planning system

Consultation on the new Code for Greater Adelaide is occurring from 1 October 2019 to 28 February 2020. 

A hotline has been set up at DPTI to respond to queries from the community and other stakeholders during the consultation. The number is 1800 318 102. Queries can also be emailed to

Types of Development

Common forms of development include:

  • Building work including construction, demolition or removal of a building (also includes the construction of extensions and some modifications to existing buildings)
  • A change in the use of land
  • The division of an allotment

Some less recognised forms of development requiring approval include:

  • Excavation or filling within a flood plain
  • Advertising
  • Modifications, including painting, to a heritage listed building

Some acts and activities are declared not to be development and do not need a Council approval.

How to lodge a Development Application

The following documents will assist you with lodging a Development Application with Council:

  • Development Application Form & Fees
  • Building Safely Near Powerlines – Declaration Form
  • Powerline Clearance Declaration Guide
  • Development Applications – What You Need to Know
  • Onsite Wastewater Application Form
    (for developments that require the disposal of wastewater)

For further information, please see our information sheets page here.

You are encouraged to obtain preliminary advice from Council’s Planning Services staff prior to lodging a Development Application with Council.

The following application forms are provided by the Adelaide Plains Council as a community service and as a guide only to key elements of the South Australian Planning and Building system.

For a more thorough understanding of the system or for any specific enquiries concerning the use and development of land, professional advice should be sought or please contact the Environment & Development Services Department for further assistance.

Forms for Lodging a Development Application

Development Application Register

Council is required by the Development Act 1993 to maintain a register of development applications.

The current Development Application Register is outlined below :