Changes to South Australia’s Planning System

30th June 2020
South Australia's new planning legislation provides for the implementation of a new state-wide Planning Portal, a one-stop shop website for information, online services and community participation.

Currently, Council assesses all development applications and enquiries under the 1993 Development Act, the 2008 Planning regulations and its own Wattle Range Council Development Plan (consolidated February 7, 2013)

As of July 31, 2020, the above legislative instruments will cease and on August 1, 2020, the 2016 Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act will be ‘turned on’ along with the subsequent Planning and Design Code.

Any applications or enquiries submitted from August 1, 2020 will be assessed under this new legislation which may have different zoning rules, requirements, planning considerations and planning pathways to the previous system. However, any applications that are formally lodged prior to August 1 will still be assessed under the 1993 Development Act and 2008 Planning Regulations.

The Planning and Design Code (the Code) is the cornerstone of South Australia’s new planning system. The Code will replace all development plans from every SA Council to become a single, State-Wide consistent source of planning policy for assessing development applications across the state.

Online Applications through the ePlanning Portal:

Along with the new planning system, a State-Wide ‘ePlanning portal’ will be rolled out. Essentially applications are no longer physically lodged with Council but you (or your builder) will now upload your application online anytime through your computer, phone or tablet.

Applicants will also be able to track and monitor the progress of their application, pay fees and receive information requests from accredited planning and building officers, for planning and building information.

The e-planning portal will also be South Australia’s planning hub for the community for planning information, mapping programs and checklists to help determine if a development even requires approval.

For further information on the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act, the Planning and Design Code or ePlannning Portal, visit

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