Application fees

All development applications incur fees for their assessment process from a professional.

The fees that will be payable for your application depend on what you are proposing, where it's located and when you lodge.

Which fees apply

There are two different planning systems operating in South Australia and they have different development application fees.

This fact sheet compares fees between the two systems. (PDF, 302 KB)

Urban areas are included in "Phase Three" of the planning reform implementation. These parts of South Australia will transition to the new planning system in late 2020.

List of Phase Three areas (PDF, 446 KB)

Fees in urban areas are set out by Schedule 6 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Fees in urban areas

To learn more about paying fees in urban areas, read advisory notice 12a (147.2 KB PDF) or see Development application guides, forms and fees on SA.GOV.AU.

Open space contribution

Developers of new allotments are required to either provide open space within the development area or make a financial contribution in lieu of land.

Where this applies

This is a requirement under the Development Act 1993 and so only applies in urban and suburban council areas.

Contributions go into the Planning and Development Fund which provides grants to communities for developing public spaces.

Open space contributions are based on the following fees:

  • Metropolitan Adelaide: $7,253 for each new allotment or strata lot delineated on the relevant plan that does not exceed one hectare in area
  • Outer Metropolitan Adelaide: $7,253 for each new allotment or strata lot delineated on the relevant plan that does not exceed one hectare in area
  • Regional South Australia: $2,912 for each new allotment or strata lot delineated by the relevant plan that does not exceed one hectare in area.

Information on current contributions is in Part 9 of the Development Regulations 2008. Open space contributions can be paid through EDALA using 'Additional Fee Payment'.

Rural areas are included in "Phase Two" of the planning reform implementation. These parts of South Australia transitioned to the new planning system on 31 July 2020.

List of Phase Two areas (PDF, 446 KB)

Fees in rural areas are set out by Schedule 1 the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Fees, Charges and Contributions) Regulations 2019.

Fees in outback and rural areas

New fees and charges at a glance (PDF, 82 KB)

Lodgement fees

Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Electronic Lodgement

$177

Hard Copy Lodgement (processing fee)

Additional $80

Assessment - Planning fees

Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Deemed-to-Satisfy (<_$10,000 development cost)

$127

Deemed-to-Satisfy (>$10,000 development cost)

$210

Performance Assessed

$250 or 0.125%


development cost up to a maximum of


$200,000, whichever is greater

Impact Assessed (Restricted)

0.25% of the total development cost up to $300,000, whichever is greater

Impact Assessed (EIS) Declaration

$1,750

Impact Assessed (EIS) Assessment

0.25% development cost up to a maximum of


$500,000

Crown Development

0.25% development cost up to a maximum $300,000


Assessment -  Land Division Fees


Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Assessment (4 or less lots with no public road)

$175

Assessment


(5 or more lots and/or a public road)


(fee to Council)

$175, plus $16 per additional allotment

Statement of Requirements (fee to Council)

$200

Land Division Certificate (includes certificate, consultation report)


(fee paid to DPTI)

$1,028


Assessment - Building Fees


Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Building Assessment – Class 1 (typically houses)

0.25% development cost, minimum $450

Building Assessment


– Classes 2-9 (e.g. Apartments, commercial, industrial buildings)

  • Up to and including $20,000   development cost $670
  • Greater   than $20,000 up to and including $200,000 development cost

$670 plus 0.4% over $20,000


  • Greater   than $200,000 up to and including $1M development cost   $1390 plus 0.25% over $200,000
  • Greater than   $1M development cost

$3,390 plus 0.15% over $1M

Building Assessment – Class 10 (non-habitable structures e.g. sheds or carports)

0.25% development cost, minimum $130

Building Assessment (Demolition)

$145

Issue Essential Safety Provision (Class 2-9 commercial)

$240

Change of Classification

$170

Referral to Commission (Concurrence)

$345

Referral to Commission (Opinion)

$345


Compliance Fees


Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Certificate of Occupancy (To Council or Certifier)

$50

Class 1 (e.g. houses) inspection

$240

Swimming Pool inspection

$240

Class 10 >$10,000 Class 10 <_$10,000 Basic compliance fee

$80


$0

Classes 2-9 inspection (e.g. apartments, commercial buildings etc.)

0.075% development cost, minimum $240, maximum $2,500


Referral agency fees


Standard fee for most referrals of $398 with some variations to the Environmental Protection Authority, Native Vegetation, SA Housing Authority and Technical Regulator.

Outback areas are included in "Phase One" of the planning reform implementation. These areas transitioned to the new planning system on 1 July 2019.

Outback areas are parts of South Australia where there is no local council.

Fees in rural areas are set out by Schedule 1 of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Fees, Charges and Contributions) Regulations 2019.

Fees in outback and rural areas

New fees and charges at a glance (PDF, 82 KB)

Lodgement fees

Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Electronic Lodgement

$177

Hard Copy Lodgement (processing fee)

Additional $80

Assessment - Planning fees

Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Deemed-to-Satisfy (<_$10,000 development cost)

$127

Deemed-to-Satisfy (>$10,000 development cost)

$210

Performance Assessed

$250 or 0.125%

development cost up to a maximum of

$200,000, whichever is greater

Impact Assessed (Restricted)

0.25% of the total development cost up to $300,000, whichever is greater

Impact Assessed (EIS) Declaration

$1,750

Impact Assessed (EIS) Assessment

0.25% development cost up to a maximum of

$500,000

Crown Development

0.25% development cost up to a maximum $300,000

Assessment -  Land Division Fees

Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Assessment (4 or less lots with no public road)

$175

Assessment

(5 or more lots and/or a public road)

(fee to Council)

$175, plus $16 per additional allotment

Statement of Requirements (fee to Council)

$200

Land Division Certificate (includes certificate, consultation report)

(fee to DPTI)

$1,028

Assessment - Building Fees

Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Building Assessment – Class 1 (typically houses)

0.25% development cost, minimum $450

Building Assessment

– Classes 2-9 (e.g. Apartments, commercial, industrial buildings)

  • Up to and including $20,000   development cost $670
  • Greater   than $20,000 up to and including $200,000 development cost

$670 plus 0.4% over $20,000

  • Greater   than $200,000 up to and including $1M development cost   $1390 plus 0.25% over $200,000
  • Greater than   $1M development cost

$3,390 plus 0.15% over $1M

Building Assessment – Class 10 (non-habitable structures e.g. sheds or carports)

0.25% development cost, minimum $130

Building Assessment (Demolition)

$145

Issue Essential Safety Provision (Class 2-9 commercial)

$240

Change of Classification

$170

Referral to Commission (Concurrence)

$345

Referral to Commission (Opinion)

$345

Compliance Fees

Fee Name

PDI Act Fee

Certificate of Occupancy (To Council or Certifier)

$50

Class 1 (e.g. houses) inspection

$240

Swimming Pool inspection

$240

Class 10 >$10,000 Class 10 <_$10,000 Basic compliance fee

$80

$0

Classes 2-9 inspection (e.g. apartments, commercial buildings etc.)

0.075% development cost, minimum $240, maximum $2,500

Referral agency fees

Standard fee for most referrals of $398 with some variations to the Environmental Protection Authority, Native Vegetation, SA Housing Authority and Technical Regulator.