Planning instruments

Planning instruments ensure that development in South Australia is appropriately located, designed and considered.

They set the strategic planning vision for the state and help to assess development applications that require planning consent as part of their approval.

State planning policies

A state-wide vision for South Australia’s planning and design system.

Regional plans

Each region in South Australia has a plan to guide development and fulfil the vision of the State Planning Policies.

Planning and Design Code

The single set of planning policy for the state, replacing council development plans.

Environment and food production areas

EFPAs protect vital agricultural lands surrounding Metropolitan Adelaide from urban encroachment.

Character Preservation Districts

Legislation provides that the special character of the two districts is recognised, protected and enhanced while providing for the economic, physical and social wellbeing of the communities within the districts.

Design standards

Design Standards support the Planning and Design Code by prescribing ways that public realm or infrastructure should be designed.

Building envelope plans

Explore the map of all land management agreements that are in force across South Australia.

Site contamination assessment

Policies to ensure land is suitable for use in circumstances where it is, or may have been, subject to site contamination.

Heritage standards

Heritage SA’s Heritage Standards – support the Planning and Design Code providing area-specific guidance to inform decisions on development in a State Heritage Area.