Development, Planning & Building

Before commencement of any building takes place, you must notify the Council and submit a Development Application Form with relevant plans and specifications. If you require advice please contact the Development Department on (08) 8623 0600.

When is a Development Application required?

An application must be lodged every time you wish to undertake development. Development is defined in the Development Act and refers to a wide range of activities associated with building work, changes in land use, advertising displays, and land and strata division. It can be a quite simple domestic structure or a complex major commercial project, but an application is necessary in either case.

Some forms of minor activity and structures are actually exempt from the definition of development and consequently do not require approval. These however, are the exception rather than the rule and the situation can change depending upon geographic location or the actual nature of the work being undertaken. As a general rule, any structure that is within the prescribed setback distances, or more than 15 square metres in area, or over 2.5 metres in height, or has a span greater than 3 metres, or adjoins an existing building, calls for an application.

The best way to find out if you need an approval for your proposal is to inquire at the Council office and seek clarification as to what may be involved.

How long will approval take?

Assessment of Development Applications not requiring assessment by Council's Development Assessment Panel (DAP) usually take up to six (6) weeks to process (providing the required information has been submitted).

Applications that do not fall within the guidelines for assessment by Council officers may be submitted to the Council's Development Assessment Panel. Meetings of the Panel usually occur on a monthly basis. The public are welcome to attend the meetings.

Non-complying development or Category 2 or 3 developments require Council to undertake public consultation and this may take up to 3 months for approval.

Documentation required

(Please click on the links below to download documents)

Development Application

Onsite Waste Water System Application

Further information

The above information is a brief summary of the main points relating to building and development. The information sheets listed below have been developed to provide more detailed information on the various types of developments, documents required when submitting an application and the development assessment process.

These documents are provided as a guide only and we encourage you to contact the Development Department to clarify any questions you may have prior to submitting an application.

These information sheets can be downloaded:

Key documents

Native Vegetation Clearance

Native vegetation in South Australia (except parts of metropolitan Adelaide) is protected. You may need to apply to clear native vegetation. This is a separate process to the Development Act approval process.

See maps to find out where the protection under the Native Vegetation Act applies. Contact your local Natural Resources Centre if you need general information.