Building Envelope Plans (BEPs) are assessed and approved under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Regulations 2017, by the Assessment Manager who is responsible for assessment of the associated land division. After it is approved, the BEP is then reviewed by the Chief Executive of the Attorney-General’s Department and published on the PlanSA portal.
Overview of Building Envelope Plans
The Planning and Design Code references approved Building Envelope Plans in certain zones applying to broad-hectare, greenfield and urban renewal subdivisions. Where a BEP has been approved and published on the PlanSA portal, this allows the matters approved in the BEP to take precedence over the criteria in the zone. This applies to matters such as building setbacks and building height.
Assessment, approval and publication of a Building Envelope Plan requires:
The Development Application for the subdivision is assessed against the Planning and Design Code by the Assessment Manager.
Land Division Consent
The Development Application for the subdivision is assessed against the land division technical standards by the Assessment Manager. Land division consent may occur either before or after assessment, approval and publication of a BEP.
BEP Assessment by Assessment Manager
The BEP is assessed against Practice Direction 15 (which refers to the policy in the Planning and Design Code) by the Assessment Manager.
BEP Assessment by Chief Executive
Once approved by the Assessment Manager, the BEP is assessed by the Chief Executive (CE) of the Attorney-General’s Department to confirm it is consistent with Practice Direction 15.
The Chief Executive of the Attorney General’s Department publishes the BEP on the PlanSA portal.
Where a BEP has been approved, dwellings may follow an ‘Accepted Development’ pathway. This will mean that planning consent is not required, provided new dwellings are consistent with the approved BEP (as well as other criteria in the Accepted Development pathway in the Planning and Design Code).
The Master Planned Neighbourhood Zone, Master Planned Township Zone and the Master Planned Renewal Zone in the Planning and Design Code currently reference Building Envelope Plans. Further Zones may be included in the future, and noted in Practice Direction 15.