If you're planning on undertaking development, you may need approval before you get started.
By entering your property address into PlanSA's approval wizard, you can see if approval is required for your proposal and next steps.
If your development requires approval, you will need to lodge an application for assessment.
The South Australian Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA) is a free, online mapping tool that shows current zoning across South Australia.
By entering your property address, you can see the Planning and Design Code or development plan zoning that applies.
If you don't know an address, right-click on the map to drop a pin and see information about that location.
The Planning and Design Code became operational for rural South Australia on 31 July 2020, replacing all development plans in these areas.
You can use the online Code to see rules that apply to your development proposal and possible assessment pathways to approval.
After entering your property address, select one or more development types to filter the Code to your query.
After lodging an application, you can track progress towards approval in PlanSA's Development Application Register.
All applications lodged through PlanSA are published in the register, even after the approval process has finished.Explore the register
For some developments, an independent accredited professional can be engaged as the decision-maker for approval.
Engaging an professional can result in faster, more responsive turnaround times for development decisions.
Developments that are eligible are defined as Accepted or Deemed-to-satisfy in the Planning and Design Code.
All accredited professionals are listed in PlanSA's register:
The introduction of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 is the largest reform of South Australia’s planning system in over 20 years.
The new Act is underpinned by new Regulations as well as a state-first digital ePlanning platform.
On 31 July 2020, the new system became operational in rural parts of South Australia as "Phase Two" of the implementation program.
The Development Act 1993 is still operational for urban and metropolitan areas until late 2020, when the entire state transitions to the new planning system.
Until this transition, the Planning and Design Code does not apply to these areas and development plans are still in effect.
Learn more about when the new planning system will turn on in your council area:
The new planning system introduces statutory instruments to support processes for development assessment, infrastructure management and policy planning.
The Planning and Design Code is the cornerstone of the new system and replaces all development plans as the single source of planning policy for the state.
The Code realises the strategic vision of the State Planning Policies and is supported by Practice Directions and Practice Guidelines.