During construction

Council involvement doesn’t stop when Development Approval is granted.

There are a series of mandatory notifications and certifications that must be achieved during construction, before you can proceed to the next point. This applies regardless of the size or nature of your project (residential or commercial).

To help you, we’ve compiled a list of these key progress stages where you’ll need to contact the City of Adelaide. Failure to do so may result in fines and further enforcement action, resulting in costly delays.

Although you are able to start work once Development Approval has been granted, you do need to advise Council a minimum of one business day before work commences.

To do this just email and include your DA Number, site address, contact details (including phone number) and Builders Licence number.

Alternatively, if your application has been approved after March 19 2021 in South Australia’s ePlanning portal, you can advise Council via your application page. Find out more at PlanSA.

Customers are encouraged to contact Council so that a site management meeting can be arranged to discuss the processes of working with the City of Adelaide. Arranging this meeting helps ensure a smooth and efficient construction process for everyone.

Site management meetings cover:

  • how you intend to undertake your Development
  • if you will need any City Works Permits for street occupation, concrete pours, etc.
  • traffic management and any if parking controls are required.

A site meeting can be held onsite, or at council offices. Representatives from Building, Compliance and On-street services will be present at this meeting to assist with any queries you may have.

Under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, you (or the applicant) must to notify Council within one business day of various stages of construction for all Development Applications. Inspections may be required by Council Officers.

Please refer to the Mandatory notifications page for a full list of stages for both residential and commercial projects.

The Council has a team of officers responsible for inspecting sites. They ensure that works are undertaken in accordance with the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, Building Code of Australia and appropriate Australian Standards.

The State Planning Commission issues practice directions to specify procedural requirements under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Officers are required to undertake inspections in accordance with Practice Directions 8 and 9.

Following the completion of works you may be required to submit a Statement of Compliance. You will be advised of this in your approval documents from Council.

The Statement of Compliance must be accompanied by any certificates, reports or other documents as requested by Council (this will be detailed in your Development Approval advice).

A Statement of Compliance must be completed as follows:

  • Part A of the statement must be signed by the licensed building work contractor responsible for carrying out the relevant building work or, if there is no such person, by a registered building work supervisor or a private certifier;
  • Part B must be signed by the owner of the relevant land, or by someone acting on his or her behalf.

Download a Statement of Compliance template

The Statement of Compliance should be emailed to Council within 10 business days of the work being completed.

If your application has been approved after 19 March 2021 in South Australia’s ePlanning portal, you can upload your statement of compliance via the application portal for PlanSA.

In South Australia a Certificate of Occupancy is required for all new buildings (and building work where applicable) approved and built under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (the PDI Act), excluding Class 10 structures such as sheds, carports, verandas and the like.

More information on Certificate of Occupancy.

Need more information?

Please contact the City of Adelaide Planning and Building Department: