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.

In April 2017 the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 came into operation. The Act is being implemented in stages, over a four year period. To keep up to date with the rollout, please visit the SA Planning Portal.

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

Planning Building and Development Fact Sheets
Planning Building and Development Help Guides
Useful Links

Minister's Specification SA H3.2 -  “Concessions for farm buildings” 2015 edition

Farm Buildings Fact Sheet

CFS Policy 0014 – “Above Ground Water Storage Tanks for Fire Fighting Purposes” 

Before You Build - Crown Land and Waterfront Properties


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 mapsto 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.