Code & Development Plan Amendments

From time to time, the planning and development system is amended to improve the way it works in South Australia.

By having your say, you can influence  the way we plan and build under the new planning system.

Current Code amendments

Current Code amendments that are on public consultation for your feedback.

Closes 18 December 2020

South Australians have a further opportunity to provide feedback on the revised draft Planning and Design Code (Code) from 4 November 2020 to 18 December 2020.

This opportunity follows an initial five-month period of public consultation on the draft Code (October 2019 to February 2020), which resulted in over 2000 submissions. In response, significant improvements have been made to the Code, including the addition of new overlays and zones to better reflect local conditions and address areas of community interest.

The revised draft Code is now available electronically and includes details of the State Planning Commission’s proposed policy improvements in response to community feedback. Everyone now has the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new system, comment on the revised planning policies and experience how the new planning system will operate once fully implemented.

An overview of the key changes and proposed improvements to the revised draft Code are highlighted in the Summary of Post-Consultation Amendments (PDF, 1978 KB) to support the consultation feedback process.

In order to give your feedback

You should:

Ways to learn more

  • Attend a community information session
  • Join a Code consultation webinar

Visit the events calendar for more details and to register your attendance.

How to submit your feedback

The preferred way to submit feedback is via:

  • The Code Feedback Tool - the revised draft Planning and Design Code is now available in its electronic format. Feedback can be submitted via the online Code Feedback Tool which gives everyone the opportunity to comment on the planning policies for their area and to experience how the new planning system will operate once implemented.

    Refer to the instructions (PDF, 2245 KB) on how to submit feedback electronically.

  • Alternatively, members of the community may prefer to submit their feedback via email to:

    All formal submissions will be considered by the Commission when determining any changes to the revised draft Planning and Design Code.

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission. Your submission will be published on the PlanSA Portal. Personal addresses, email and phone numbers are not published; however, company details are.

Contact details

For general enquiries please email us at or call us on 1800 752 664 during business hours (8.00 am to 6.00 pm, weekdays).

What are the next steps?

Following the close of consultation, the Commission will consider the submissions and make a recommendation to the Minister to implement the State’s new planning system in metropolitan areas and large regional towns in the first quarter of 2021.

Application of the Code in Phase Three Councils

To find out how the feedback received changed the application of the Code in your council area, click on the link below to access:

  • Development Plan Maps – these maps show the zones that currently apply to your area
  • 2019 Code Consultation Maps – these maps show how the draft Code was initially proposed to be applied to your area
  • 2020 Updated Code Consultation Maps – these maps show how the application of the Code has changed for your area in response to the feedback received. The zones displayed are the ones that have changed.
  • Transition Table – a quick snapshot of all the mapping changes for your area.

Historic Area and Character Area overlays

The application of the Historic Area and Character Area Overlays to Phase Three council areas has been amended in response to the extensive feedback received during the initial public consultation period and the decision to reflect contributory items (now known as Representative Buildings) in the Code.

Currently there are 92 contributory items that are not located within a historic or character area which has led to the expansion or application of these overlays in the following locations:

  • The application of the Historic Area Overlay will be expanded in the townships of Angaston and Williamstown to capture two Representative Buildings adjoining the existing areas. They will also be identified in the respective Historic Area Statements and mapping.
  • The Character Area Overlay will be applied to Angaston, Tranmere and Auburn – which is located within a Phase Two council – to capture existing areas of character value and Representative Buildings. They will also be identified in the respective Character Area Statements and mapping.
  • 11 places will not transition as they have been assessed to no longer contribute to the areas they are within, for example, they have recently been redeveloped.

Select below to access a map illustrating the amended boundaries of the Historic Area Overlay and Character Area Overlay in Phase Three council areas and Auburn (Phase Two).

Technical enhancements

Technical enhancements may be made to the revised Planning and Design Code released on consultation to improve the customer’s consultation experience and address any technical issues.

Please note enhancements to the ePlanning System which is already in operation in SA’s rural and outback areas are published separately as release notes on PlanSA.

Closes 18 December 2020

The Environment Protection Authority and the State Planning Commission have prepared a draft Practice Direction to guide practitioners in the risk-based assessment of site contamination matters in the development assessment process.

You can provide feedback from 4 November to 18 December 2020.

Draft Practice Direction for Site Contamination Assessment (PDF, 576 KB)

The Practice Direction has been designed to work in conjunction with the Site Contamination General Policy and Referrals sections of the Planning and Design Code. Supporting amendments to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017 will also occur prior to the formal commencement of the Code.

Submissions on the draft Practice Direction can be emailed to

Current Development Plan Amendments

There are currently no Ministerial DPAs open for comment. Further information on Ministerial DPAs can be found on

How to have your say

Current amendments may be published on the yourSAy website, where you can:

  • get some background on what is being amended
  • register to be notified on updates
  • provide feedback as an online submission.

The consultation process

All system amendments must go on public consultation before a decision is made.

Amendments are published on PlanSA for you to have your say and consultation may also involve public events, public notices and brochures.

Consultation on major amendments under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act, 2016 must comply with the Community Engagement Charter with submissions published on the PlanSA portal.

Past amendments

PlanSA publishes amendments that have completed the public consultation process and have reached a decision.

All the consultation documentation is available as well as copies of submissions received.

See past amendments