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 Planning Assessment 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.
DOWNLOAD: Adelaide City Development Plan
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.
Providing Council with all of the plans and documents required for the type of development you propose is the quickest way to have your application assessed.
Development applications submitted without the correct information will face significant processing delays.
A pre-application discussion with a Council Planning Officer by phoning 08 8203 7185 will ensure you have considered the relevant issues.
At a minimum, all Development Applications must contain each of the following:
1. Development Application Form
The Development Application form needs to be completely filled out and submitted online.
Please note the below points on what you will need to include in your application.
To lodge an application online, click here.
DOWNLOAD: Development Application Form
2. Certificate of Title
To confirm ownership of the affected property and check boundaries.
3. Powerline Clearance Declaration Form
To confirm that your proposal satisfies the necessary setbacks from powerlines. View a copy of the declaration and information on the necessary setbacks.
4. Construction Industry Training Levy Receipt
Required for all development applications with a value of work in excess of $40,000.
5. Plans & Drawings
Site plans and drawings will need to be provided for every Development Application. Three copies of each will usually be required, and can include:
- Site plan of a scale no less than 1:500 (1:100 or 1:200 is preferred)
- Dimensioned Floor Plans, showing both existing and proposed development if applicable
- Dimensioned Elevations of all sides of the building
- Various other plans dependent on the type of development you are proposing.
The information guides below clearly explain the specific information that needs to be submitted for each type of development. You should read these guides prior to submitting your application to avoid processing delays.
Types of Development
NOTE: You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the below files. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, you can download the program for free by clicking on the following link: get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
General Development Information
The following general information guides may also be useful in preparing your application:
Each proposal is slightly different and may require many factors to be considered before lodging an application. We encourage you to read the information provided and contact a Council Planning Officer to discuss your specific requirements on 8203 7185.Back to Top