Understanding the development approval process

Development Approvals

Any development can not start without a written Development Approval from Council.

If you are planning to undertake any of the following activities, you will need to obtain a Development Approval from Council before beginning the work:

  • Demolish, construct, add or alter a building
  • Erect a sign
  • Change the use of a property.
  • Any tree damaging activity to a regulated tree
  • Any external alteration (and in some case also internal alterations) of a listed heritage item
  • Divide or alter the boundary of an allotment

Your application will be assessed against the objectives and principles of the City of Playford Development Plan, with the application process determined by the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008. The Development Plan divides the Council area into Zones and Policy Areas, with different policies applicable to each.

What does a Development Approval consist of?

A Development Application must be assessed by Council on the impact of the development which is undertaken against the principles in Council’s Development Plan. This can include assessment of:

  • Potential impact of development upon adjoining buildings, properties and people
  • Size, shape, location and layout of new allotments
  • Impacts to heritage buildings
  • Appropriateness of certain land uses, dependant on the relevant zoning
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Public safety
What does a Building Assessment consist of?

After receiving planning approval, a building approval is typically required. This involves an assessment on the designed buildings to ensure the proposed works meet the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards.



Next step: Preparing your Development Application
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