Development Approvals

How long will approval take?

For development applications where no public notification is required, development approval may take up to approximately 60 business days (subject to all information being provided). Where an application does require public notification, an additional 50 business days is added to the timeframe.

Public notification allows neighbours and the community to provide feedback and should they wish, talk at the Regional Assessment Panel about the development. See Information Sheet – Public Notification for more information.

Where a development application is deemed “restricted”, Council will not be the relevant authority. See Information sheet – Restricted Development for more information.

Please note that where an application requires a referral to an agency, additional time is added to the assessment (between 20-30 business days).

What regulations do I need to consider?

Developers may need to consider regulations surrounding:

  • Native vegetation
  • Threatened species and ecological communities
  • State heritage
  • Ground and surface water
  • Coast
  • Marine
  • Access and use of Crown land and reserves

Understanding these regulations will help identify any potential constraints to a proposed development, any direct financial implications to allow for, and any extra timeframes that need to be factored in.

For more information and references you can go to the Department for Environment and Water SA by clicking here.

Documentation Required

Development - Fees and Charges at a glance 

Declaration of Applicant Under Electricity Act 1996

Information Sheet- Building safely near powerlines(2036 kb)

On-Site Waste Water Application(474 kb)

Fact sheets

For more information on a particular development, please see below information sheets:

Domestic Outbuildings


Home Activity

Ancillary Accommodation

Land Division

Tourist Accommodation

Commercial or Industrial Development

Vacant Land

Lodging an application for development approval

Once you have gathered all the relevant information for your application, for a application check list click here you can then lodge your application through the Plan SA online portal by registering for an account and following the prompts.

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act)

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) establishes a new planning and development scheme to replace the previous scheme operating under the Development Act 1993.

This Act also provides for infrastructure planning, implementation and funding.

PDI Act 2016 | PlanSA

If you have any questions regarding this process do not hesitate to call the Council Office on 86261001.

Lodging A Request for Extension of Time for Development

This form is to be completed when applying to Council to extend the operative period of Planning Consent or Development Approval for a Development Application.

As per Regulation 67 of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017, when a development is granted Planning Consent, the applicant is given 2 years from the operative date in which to obtain Building Consent. Once Development Approval is granted, the applicant has 2 years from the operative date to substantially commence the development, and 3 years to substantially or fully complete.

Please click here to access the form.

Development Registers

For development applications lodged under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 after July 2020, refer to the Plan SA - click here.

Please click on the links below to view the registers for that year:

Development Registers 2020

Development Registers 2019

Development Registers 2018

Development Registers 2017

Development Registers 2016

Development Registers 2015

Development Registers 2014