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New Planning System for SA

South Australia’s urban and regional planning system is currently undergoing its biggest reform in over 25 years. The State Planning Commission is leading this reform and is releasing a number of papers for consultation between July and December 2018.

The City of Adelaide encourages our community to find out what’s happening and provide feedback to the State Government. To have your say, go to

Visit the State Government Planning Portal to read the draft State Planning Policies or an overview of the draft policies. Complete the online survey to have your say or attend a drop-in session. More information and registration via the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s SA Planning Portal.  

All feedback should be submitted to the State Government through the SA Planning Portal. If you would like to share your feedback with City of Adelaide also, please send to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

You can view the City of Adelaide’s responses to the various elements of the reform here.


In April 2016, Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to implement a new planning system which will replace the current system under the Development Act 1993.

This new legislation introduces the biggest changes to the South Australian Planning System in 25 years and will affect how development policy is formed and amended and how development applications are lodged and assessed.

Some of the changes to the Planning and Development system include the following:

  • The State Planning Commission has been established as the state's independent, principal planning body that provides advice and makes recommendations on the administration of the PDI Act
  •  A Community Engagement Charter has been released by the Minister for Planning which seeks to increase community influence in the policy setting stage.
  • The PDI Act requires the Planning and Design Code to be created. This will become the state's single planning rulebook for assessing all development applications, removing the existing 72 Council specific Development Plans.
  • Establishing a professional accreditation scheme for planners and building surveyors to provide increased confidence for development applicants and communities that decisions are being made by qualified and experienced professionals who regularly undergo training and are audited for competency.
  • Deliver an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging and assessment of development applications.

The new PDI Act will be implemented in stages during the next three to five years, but the Planning and Design Code must be activated 1 July 2020.

The City of Adelaide is continuing to undertake strategic planning and assess development applications under the current planning system, while preparing for the transition to the new legislation.

For more information on the implementation of the new planning system visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's SA Planning Portal.

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