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Development Approvals

 No development can be commenced without written Development Approval from Council.

If you are intending to undertake any of the following activities, you will need to obtain Development Approval from Council before commencing 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 Adelaide (City) 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 planning assessment involves assessing the impact of development, including:

  • Potential impact of development upon adjoining buildings, properties and people (e.g. overshadowing, overlooking, and visual dominance)
  • Size, shape, orientation and layout of new allotments
  • Impacts to heritage buildings – this involves building work to a heritage building as well as works adjacent to a heritage building
  • Impact to the character of existing buildings in an existing street or locality
  • Appropriateness of certain land uses, dependant on the relevant zoning

Examples of other criteria considered during assessment are environmental sustainability, access and traffic, and public safety.

This assessment is undertaken against the principles and polices in Council’s Development Plan with different requirements based upon what you wish to do and what area of the City or North Adelaide you are located in.

What does a Building Assessment consist of? 

After receiving a planning approval, a building approval is typically required. This involves an appraisal of the design of buildings to ensure the proposed works are in accordance with the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards; this includes items such as disabled access and fire and life safety systems.

Next step: Preparing your Development Application

Previous step: Guide to the DA process

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