HomeBuilder development

New regulations have been introduced to streamline the planning approvals process for South Australians building homes using the HomeBuilder scheme.

The new regulations mean that HomeBuilder applications will continue to be assessed against existing policies, despite the state’s new planning system coming into effect on 19 March 2021.

On 6 May 2021, the South Australian Government extended the time frame within which applications under the streamlined HomeBuilder assessment provisions can be made from 30 June 2021 to 30 September 2022. Only persons who sought the HomeBuilder Grant on or before 14 April 2021 are eligible to use these streamlined assessment provisions.

On 19 March 2021 a new streamlined assessment pathway became operational for development proposals under the Federal HomeBuilder grant scheme.

These provisions have been put in place to help South Australian’s access this important grants program while not overburdening the planning system as we transition to a new planning system and the introduction of a state-wide Planning and Design Code (the Code). To date, we have received over 9,500 applications for HomeBuilder in South Australia.

This new assessment pathway is transitional and will continue to 30 September 2022. After this time, the usual planning assessment process will be required under the Planning and Design Code. This will assist in getting over the current wave of applications and provide time for the development sector to adjust to the new system.

View more information on the HomeBuilder Grant

HomeBuilder development proposals (dwellings or substantial renovations) will not require a planning consent where the following is met:

  • The site of the development is within a HomeBuilder designated area.
    (These areas consist of Residential Code areas (previously identified under the Development Act 1993) together with residential growth areas)
  • A statutory declaration is submitted that the applicant for the proposed development has submitted a grant application under the HomeBuilder grant program.
    (Councils will regularly be provided with HomeBuilder data to be able to confirm these applications)
  • The proposal meets specified criteria as set out in schedule 6B of the Regulations (these substantially mirror the Residential Code requirements under the Development Regulations 2008).

If your proposed development does not meet in full all of the above criteria your application will require planning consent, assessed against the relevant provisions of the Planning and Design Code.

View the map of HomeBuilder designated areas across Greater Adelaide:

View the maps of HomeBuilder designated area by council:


A checklist (PDF, 301 KB) has been created to assist with completing your Homebuilder development application. Please refer to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) (HomeBuilder) Variation Regulations 2021 (PDF, 359 KB) for full requirements.

Statutory declaration

As a part of any application made for HomeBuilder development a statutory declaration must be made by the applicant declaring a HomeBuilder grant has been applied for in accordance with the First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000 on or before 14 April 2021.

Ministerial Building Standard

Further to these provisions all HomeBuilder applications must meet the requirements of Ministerial Building Standard MBS 007 which includes water tank amendments that apply from 19 March 2021.

Fees applicable

In addition to the current fees applicable to development applications, an additional fee of $120 has been introduced to apply to all HomeBuilder applications. This fee will offset the work required for councils to undertake a check of an application seeking a development approval to be issued under the HomeBuilder provisions.

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