Development applications

What needs approval?

The Development Act requires that no development can be undertaken unless it has the approval of the relevant authority, which in most cases is your local council. This means that any construction, alteration, addition to or demolition of a building or structure, a change in that current use of land or anything that modifies a designated heritage item constitutes development as defined in the act and therefore requires formal development approval.

Certain minor activities or building work are excluded by regulation from this definition and are thereby exempt from the need to seek approval. Separate information sheets have been prepared by us to help explain what kinds of minor development do not require approval. In these instances you should always clarify the position. It is pointed out, however, that the scope for these exemptions is quite limited and you should normally expect that an application will be necessary.For more information on what needs approval, how to lodge an application and what then happens to your application, take a look at our development application brochure.

Payment of fees owing for a development application

Adobe PDF DocumentDemolition Application Form (200 KB)
Adobe PDF DocumentDevelopment Application Fees July 2018 (210 KB)
Adobe PDF DocumentDevelopment Application Form - PDF Version (744 KB)
Adobe PDF DocumentDevelopment applications public notification information (264 KB)
Adobe PDF DocumentElectricity Act declaration (94 KB)
Adobe PDF DocumentInformation required with Development Applications (47 KB)
Adobe PDF DocumentTree Activity Only Development Application Form (194 KB)

Please note that the South Australian government is currently introducing numerous changes to the state planning system. This includes the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008 transitioning to the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and associated Regulations. During this phase, some of the information currently on our website will become outdated. The SA Planning Portal is the best reference point for up to date information on the state planning system.