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

The instruments are set out by the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and supporting Regulations.

Assessment pathways

A development application's journey through the approval process is determined by its assessment pathway.

Planning instruments

Planning controls ensure that development is appropriately located, designed and considered across the state.

Building rules

The Building Code and state-level tools that are used for the assessment and inspection of new building work.

Community engagement charter

The Charter sets out consultation requirements for proposed amendments to designated instruments.

Practice directions and guidelines

Practice Directions and Guidelines support the legislation by specifying procedural requirements.

Standards and specifications

Standards and specifications apply to the SA planning portal, the SA planning database and the online atlas.