What type of legislation is development assessed against?

The Development Plan

The Development Plan is a document which provides planners with guidelines to follow during the development assessment process. Each Council area has their own Development Plan that relates specifically to that area. The detail in Development Plans can differ greatly between Councils as it reflects the different types of areas such as coastal, suburbs, industry and so on.

The Development Plan separates land within the Council area into a number of different zones. For each of the particular zones (eg a Residential Zone or an Industrial Zone) the Development Plan will outline what sort of land uses are and are not envisaged for that zone. The Development Plan will also outline various objectives, principles and policies further controlling and affecting the design and other aspects of proposed developments. These policies can cover a range of social, environmental and economic matters. Development Plans can also spell out the desired character for different parts of the area they cover.

SA Government Website

The Development Act and the Development Regulations

The Development Act 1993 and the Development Regulations 2008, provide the regulatory framework for all forms of development in South Australia. The Act is described as follows:

An Act to provide for planning and regulate development in the State; to regulate the use and management of land and buildings, and the design and construction of buildings; to make provision for the maintenance and conservation of land and buildings where appropriate; and for other purposes.

Copies of the Act and Regulations can be downloaded at the following web addresses:

Development Act 1993

Development Regulations 2008

The Building Code of Australia

Applications for Building Consent are assessed against the Building Code of Australia