State Planning Commission

The State Planning Commission is the state’s principal development assessment and planning advisory body.

The Commission provide independent advice and leadership on all aspects of planning and development throughout our state.

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The Commission acts in the best interests of all South Australians, promoting the principles in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 to encourage state-wide economic growth and support liveability.

The Commission play an important role in the implementation of South Australia’s new planning system with the aim to make our state more liveable, affordable, sustainable and prosperous.

Commission members also provide expert advice on housing, design, roads, public transport, the location of schools and services, and open space.

Panels established by the Commission

The State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) has been established under South Australia's Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The SCAP functions, powers and duties include:

  • assess and determine development applications where the State Planning Commission is the relevant authority
  • act as the concurring authority for non-complying applications approved by a council or regional assessment panel
  • assess and report on crown development and public infrastructure applications to the Minister for Planning
  • act as the lodgement authority for all land division applications.

The Building Technical Panel is a committee of four qualified individuals with proven abilities and experience in performance based design, building and construction, building engineering services, surveying and fire safety operations. They have been established under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

The Building Technical Panel (BTP) undertakes delegated building-related statutory functions of the State Planning Commission.

The BTP provides:

  • concurrence on applications seeking to allow a variance with the performance requirements of the Building Rules
  • expert opinion, when requested, on whether the performance requirements of the Building Rules have been met by a particular performance solution
  • concurrence on applications granting consent for specific types of building work as required.