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Development Information

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. 

All Development Applications require the following:

1. Online Development Application

When lodging your application online, you will be required to provide the application address, contact details, proposed work description and development costs.

 To lodge an application online, click here.

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. They may 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:

Multi-Level Apartment Buildings

Cafés & Restaurants

Attached Carports & Verandahs

Catalyst Sites

Events & Festivals on Council Land

Fences & Retaining Walls

Home Activity

Land Division

Licensed Premises and Entertainment Venues

New Dwellings & Residential Additions

Non-Complying Development

Freestanding Outbuildings

Public Art & Murals

Rainwater Tanks

Regulated & Significant Trees

Shop-Front Security

Short Term Accommodation


Solar Panels

General Development Information

The following general information guides may also be useful in preparing your application:

How to submit a Development Application

How to make a Development Application or Property Enquiry

Bicycle Facilities

Car Parking Fund Contribution Scheme

Energy Efficiency

Essential Safety Provisions

Extending a Development Approval

Frequently Asked Questions

Local Heritage Places

Development Applications on Public Notification

Noise Generating Development

Noise Sensitive Development

Site Analysis Plan

Traffic Design Requirements for Road Murals 


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.

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