Development application checklist

This checklist is a useful guide to help you gather the information you'll need to lodge a development application.

Attaching all the relevant documentation you need at the point of lodgement will streamline the decision process.

What you'll need to provide

There are two different planning systems operating in South Australia which determine the documentation you'll need to provide.

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)

In urban areas, documentation you'll need to provide is set out by the Schedule 5 of the Development Regulations 2008.

You can learn more about submitting development applications on SA.GOV.AU.

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)

In rural areas, documentation you'll need to provide is set out by Schedule 8 of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.

The level of documentation you'll need depends on what you are proposing. Certain applications require baseline documentation to be submitted.

Fact sheet about baseline documentation for different developments (PDF, 267 KB)

Forms

All applications require a signed development application form which outlines the proposed development at a high level.

The development application form includes:

  • site address of the development
  • applicants contact details, including the landowner, and the builder if applicable
  • current and proposed land use, including development cost
  • the name of any independent assessors you want to assess your approvals.

Most applications also require a signed:

  • Electricity Declaration to show the proposed development is located a safe distance from the power lines
  • Native Vegetation Declaration to show the proposed development is not clearing any native vegetation

If you are lodging an application online, you no longer need to download and print paper forms as you can complete these digitally.

If you are lodging in hard copy, use these forms:

Fees

Read PlanSA's guide to application fees

Site plan

All applications require a site plan which shows the location of the proposed development and its surrounds.

A site plan may include:

  • dimensions and boundaries of the site
  • proposed boundary setbacks of the development
  • existing buildings, trees, retaining walls and other structures
  • on-site sewerage or waste disposal system
  • driveway levels and car parking spaces
  • existing and proposed ground/floor levels

Floor plan

Floor plans are drawings to scale of either 1:100 or 1:200 as a view from above showing:

  • the position of doors or windows
  • relationship to an associated dwelling
  • location and purpose of rooms and areas.

Dimensions are usually drawn between the walls to specify room sizes and wall lengths.

Floor plans may also include details of fixtures like sinks, water heaters.  They may also have notes for construction to specify finishes, construction methods, or symbols for electrical items.

Alterations to existing buildings should indicate proposed changes to the structure and what is being retained.

Elevation drawings

Elevation drawings are a view of the home drawn to show other details that give a building its architectural styling and show:

  • front, side and rear views of the structure
  • existing and proposed ground levels
  • proposed internal floor levels
  • heights including ceilings, eaves, ridge, pitch
  • description of all external materials and finishes, including roof, walls, doors and windows
  • the dimensions of eaves, external doors and windows
  • description of privacy treatments for upper-level windows or balconies
  • details of existing ground level, proposed floor level and roof height.

Other drawings

If your application involves building work, you may also need to provide:

  • roof, wall and floor layouts of any buildings, including dimensions and calculations
  • details of construction materials and design
  • engineering details, for example, significant excavations, service or infrastructure lines.
  • schedule of colours showing the proposed materials, finishes and colours for the building

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, including coastal waters.

In outback areas, documentation you'll need to provide is set out by Schedule 8 of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.

The level of documentation you'll need depends on what you are proposing. Certain applications require baseline documentation to be submitted.

Fact sheet about baseline documentation for different developments (PDF, 267 KB)

Forms

All applications require a signed development application form which outlines the proposed development at a high level.

The development application form includes:

  • site address of the development
  • applicants contact details, including the landowner, and the builder if applicable
  • current and proposed land use, including development cost
  • the name of any independent assessors you want to assess your approvals.

Most applications also require a signed:

  • Electricity Declaration to show the proposed development is located a safe distance from the power lines
  • Native Vegetation Declaration to show the proposed development is not clearing any native vegetation

If you are lodging an application online, you no longer need to download and print paper forms as you can complete these digitally.

If you are lodging in hard copy, use these forms:

Fees

Read PlanSA's guide to application fees

Site plan

All applications require a site plan which shows the location of the proposed development and its surrounds.

A site plan may include:

  • dimensions and boundaries of the site
  • proposed boundary setbacks of the development
  • existing buildings, trees, retaining walls and other structures
  • on-site sewerage or waste disposal system
  • driveway levels and car parking spaces
  • existing and proposed ground/floor levels

Floor plan

Floor plans are drawings to scale of either 1:100 or 1:200 as a view from above showing:

  • the position of doors or windows
  • relationship to an associated dwelling
  • location and purpose of rooms and areas.

Dimensions are usually drawn between the walls to specify room sizes and wall lengths.

Floor plans may also include details of fixtures like sinks, water heaters.  They may also have notes for construction to specify finishes, construction methods, or symbols for electrical items.

Alterations to existing buildings should indicate proposed changes to the structure and what is being retained.

Elevation drawings

Elevation drawings are a view of the home drawn to show other details that give a building its architectural styling and show:

  • front, side and rear views of the structure
  • existing and proposed ground levels
  • proposed internal floor levels
  • heights including ceilings, eaves, ridge, pitch
  • description of all external materials and finishes, including roof, walls, doors and windows
  • the dimensions of eaves, external doors and windows
  • description of privacy treatments for upper-level windows or balconies
  • details of existing ground level, proposed floor level and roof height.

Other drawings

If your application involves building work, you may also need to provide:

  • roof, wall and floor layouts of any buildings, including dimensions and calculations
  • details of construction materials and design
  • engineering details, for example, significant excavations, service or infrastructure lines.
  • schedule of colours showing the proposed materials, finishes and colours for the building