Guide

Rules that apply

In this guide


Planning and building rules describe which developments are appropriate for different areas and how they should be built.

The rules that apply to an approval depend on the type of development, where it's located and when you apply.

Which rules apply

There are two different sets of rules operating in South Australia, depending on location.

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, planning and building rules are set out by the Development Act 1993 and are available on the SA.GOV.AU website.

Planning rules

Development plans contain the planning rules used to assess a development application for development plan consent.

Development plans contain policies that are based on the South Australian Planning Policy Libary and guided by the Planning Strategy for South Australia.

Building rules

These building rules used to assess a development for building rules consent:

There are also:

Land division rules

The land division rules used to assess a development for land division consent are infrastructure requirements set out in the Development Regulations 2008.

Some land division applications are prohibited if they are proposed within the Environment and Food Production Area.

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, planning and building rules are set out by the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and are available on PlanSA.

Planning rules

These planning rules are used to assess a development for planning consent:

The planning rules are guided by the State Planning Policies which set the strategic planning vision for South Australia.

Regional plans include strategic direction for each of the state's regions which may also influence the planning rules.

Building rules

These building rules used to assess a development for building consent:

There are also:

Land division rules

The land division rules used to assess a development for land division consent are infrastructure requirements set out in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.

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, planning and building rules are set out by the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and are available on PlanSA.

Planning rules

These planning rules are used to assess a development for planning consent:

The planning rules are guided by the State Planning Policies which set the strategic planning vision for South Australia.

Regional plans include strategic direction for each of the state's regions which may also influence the planning rules.

Building rules

These building rules used to assess a development for building consent:

There are also:

Land division rules

The land division rules used to assess a development for land division consent are infrastructure requirements set out in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.