Coordinator-General call-in

The State Coordinator-General works actively to drive investment in South Australia by creating an environment that welcomes private sector development and stimulates job creation.

Coordinator-General role

The Coordinator-General is appointed to "call-in" certain developments to the State Planning Commission for assessment.

Eligible developments

Developments that are eligible to be called-in are:

Developments must also satisfy the criteria set out by Schedule 10 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Read the Development Regulations 2008

Developments solely for residential purposes are excluded. To be considered, residential developments must also incorporate any of these land uses:

  • Purpose-built student accommodation
  • Aged care or serviced accommodation
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Retail

Proposed developments called-in by the State Coordinator-General

How to apply

Before you apply, check if you are eligible:

To apply, contact:

    Graeme Jackson
    Director, Legal and Statutory Services
    Department for Infrastructure and Transport
    Level 4, 50 Flinders Street
    Adelaide SA 5000


The call-in process

When the State Coordinator-General calls-in a development, the State Planning Commission is assigned as the relevant decision making authority.

The proposal must go through a complete development assessment process in line with the requirements of Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008 in urban council areas and councils with regional towns and cities which were excluded from the Phase Two roll-out of the Planning and Design Code.

Map and list of council areas included in each phase (PDF, 446 KB)

The assessment process is the same as a Council’s processes. In all cases, applications are assessed against the Development Plan established for the Council area where the development is being proposed.

As part of the assessment process, the application will be referred to Council for a period of six weeks for Council to make comment relating to their specific areas of expertise or in general. At the same time, any prescribed referral to State agencies will also take place. Public notification may also provide a means of raising issues or concerns related to planning matters.

Where public notification is required it will be either a letter sent to adjoining owners or occupiers of land inviting comment, with no statutory appeal rights or a letter sent to adjoining owners or occupiers of land and other affected properties in the locality plus a notice in a newspaper inviting comment. The latter has legal appeal rights.

The time taken to determine an application depends a range of factors including:

  • if the application needs to be publicly notified
  • State agencies need to be consulted
  • the application is complex
  • the nature of any issues raised and potential additional information required.