Our planning system

South Australia has a new, modern planning system under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The planning and development system is set out by legislation and supported by a suite of statutory instruments and schemes.

Programs and initiatives

The Department routinely investigates and improves the planning, development and building system.


The primary decision-makers that drive our system and its improvements and relevant authorities that grant approval to development.


The planning and development system operates through a suite of planning, building and legislative instruments.


The new planning system introduces schemes to help manage accreditation, infrastructure and regional planning.


Planning regulation changes to ensure South Australia’s development industry continues to operate without delays to projects due to COVID-19.


PlanSA comprises of multiple online systems, brought together as the new ePlanning platform for South Australia.