COVID-19 Response

Council offices, libraries and VICs will re-open from Monday 23 November, however some services will remain closed until further notice.

For more detailed information about particular services affected click here and for the latest updates on Alexandrina Council's response to COVID-19 click here

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Planning and Development

The Development Act 1993 requires that no development can be undertaken unless it has the approval of the relevant authority, which in most cases is your local council. This means that any construction, alteration, addition to or demolition of a building or structure, a change in that current use of land or anything that modifies a designated heritage item constitutes development as defined in the Development Act 1993 and therefore requires formal development approval.

** Please note the statewide Planning & Design Code will replace the Alexandrina Development Plan from September 2021. For Further information please refer to the Development Plan.

Council’s Planning and Development department  has been transitioning to a paperless working environment for a number of years, and are now in a position to implement the final stages of this transition.

Since April, we commenced processing all planning and development documentation electronically, including the following:

  • Lodgement of New Development Applications
  • All incoming and outgoing correspondence
  • Requests for further Information and their subsequent responses
  • Receipt of any amended plans or additional documentation
  • 93 (b) Documentation from Private Certifiers
  • All Decision Notifications and Stamped Approved Plans.

Contact our Planning and Development department

Please send all correspondence and/ or documentation to us via email at For emails exceeding 10MB in size, please submit the documentation via the following link:

Please note any hardcopy documents received will continue to be processed, however all responses will be sent via electronic means wherever possible.

We appreciate your support and willingness to adopt this new process, and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Council’s Planning and Development department on 8555 7000.

Please click relevant icon below for more information about the development you wish to undertake.

All forms, fact sheets and helpful guides are below the icons.

**These forms must be read in conjunction with the relevant Information Sheet - see below drop down menu Planning Building and Development Help Guides

Development Application Form

Development Application Fee Schedule

Electricity Act Declaration

Demolition Application Form

Request to View or Copy Plans

Quick Checklist - Dwelling & Dwelling Additions

Quick Checklist - Shed, Verandah, Carport & Deck

Statement of Representation

Waste Control Application Form and Checklist

Native vegetation in South Australia (except parts of metropolitan Adelaide) is protected. You may need to apply to clear native vegetation. This is a separate process to the Development Act approval process.

See maps to find out where the protection under the Native Vegetation Act applies. Contact your local Natural Resources Centre if you need general information.

For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department on (08) 8555 7000 or email

To lodge a Development Application, please do so electronically via email -

For larger files (exceeding 10MB) please upload your application and/or associated files here

To notify Council of a Development Stage, please use our Mandatory Notifications Form

To request preliminary advice prior to lodging a Development Application, please use our Preliminary Advice Form

Council's Development Application Register is available to view. The register is an up to date source of all development applications lodged with Council.