Guide

Overview

In this guide


After a development application has been lodged for approval, it is assessed by a relevant authority for a decision.

How a development is assessed depends on the complexity of what is being proposed and its location.

Lodge an application

If you haven't already lodged an application, lodge now.

Which assessment process applies

There are two different planning systems operating in South Australia which set out different assessment processes.

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)

Development applications in urban areas are assessed under the Development Act 1993.

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)

Development applications in urban areas are assessed under the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

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.

Development applications in urban areas are assessed under the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.