Practice Direction 7 – Inspection Policy for Out of Council Areas 2019

Rules for the inspection of new developments built in out of council areas in South Australia's outback.




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About this document

This practice direction:

  • sets out the inspection requirements in out of council areas, that fall under the authority of the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP)
  • outlines the Commission’s policy on the inspection of buildings and structures that are associated with development.

The object of this practice direction for out of council areas is to:

  • provide for occupant and public safety
  • provide for public health and hygiene
  • maintain confidence and integrity in the development control system.

Buildings will be selected for inspection according to the following criteria, if they:

  • appear to be unsafe
  • present a high risk to life or safety, particularly swimming pools
  • are used by many people, mainly where many people do so at once
  • involve roof framing
  • are obliged to provide access to disabled persons
  • have had a complaint made about the building.

Any other building that hasn’t met minimum inspection levels.

Other criteria, which may include:

  • the distribution between owner builders and registered builders
  • local environmental factors where the building work is done, such as wind speeds, flooding or poor soil conditions
  • any other reason determined by the relevant authorised officer.

The Inspection Policy applies to all development approvals issued for out of council areas by the SCAP under the Act, and to all classes of buildings (Class 1 to 10) under the Building Rules.

The State Planning Commission issues practice directions to specify procedural requirements in connection the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.