1 July 2019
Phase 1 of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 implementation
Planning reform in South Australia has marked an important milestone with the release of the Planning and Design Code covering outback regions in South Australia. This means the way people apply for a development approval and the way in which development applications will be assessed in these areas will change.
Learn more about the implementation of Phase 1 for the outback
From today, the new Planning and Design Code (the Code) and supporting Development Assessment Regulations will be in effect in land not within council areas and non-metropolitan coastal waters. The Code now replaces all existing Development Plans that relate to land outside of council boundaries and aims to better address the planning needs of our outback communities.
Key features of the Code as it relates to the outback are outlined below:
- Clear buffer distances have now been mapped around a greater number of airfields - including those airfields that support the Royal Flying Doctor Service - as well as an increased number of key transport routes, railway crossings, rivers and lakes.
- New and updated policy has been introduced to lessen the risk of bushfire impacts on development.
- New policy has been introduced to address inappropriate uses of land, such as industrial development close to housing and phone towers close to airfield runways.
The following instruments are also now in effect in the outback only:
- three new sets of regulations to address fees, charges and contributions; swimming pool safety; and transitional provisions
- a series of practice directions that address public notification; restricted and impact-assessed development; and out-of-council areas inspections
- the first six new Ministerial Building Standards, which provide clearer building rules related to South Australian variations under the National Construction Code.
The new system has been informed by extensive public consultation over the past two years that has solicited more than 1,000 written submissions and involved more than 150 engagement events. Our reform team has also travelled more than 45,000km to visit councils and out-of-council regions over this time.
The Department would like to thank all councils for their valued contribution to the consultation process and for their ongoing participation in the reform program.
The new Code will be introduced across the state in phases over the next 12 months, as part of the biggest modernisation of South Australia’s planning system in more than 20 years. The release of the Code for outback regions (areas that do not fall within any council) is the first stage in the process.
Over the coming weeks and months, the Department will continue to liaise with councils to help inform the drafting of subsequent phases of the Code and assist with the ongoing conversion of Development Plans.
Learn more about the three phases of implementation and how you can get involved
1 July 2019: The SA Legislation website is currently experiencing delays in publishing new legislation that was gazetted on 27 June 2019. To see copies of approved legislation, please refer to the Government Gazette of this day.
Important: Once consolidated, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) (Development Assessment) Variation Regulations 2019 (PDF, 872 KB) become the PDI (General) Regulations 2017.
- Form - Application for preliminary agency advice (PDF, 593 KB)
- Form - Application to Assessment Panel for Assessment Manager’s Decision Review (DOCX, 63 KB)
- Form - Application to State Planning Commission for State Commission Assessment Panel's Decision Review (DOCX, 63 KB)
- Form - Certificate of occupancy (DOCX, 67 KB)
- Form - Development application form for Crown PDI Act applications (PDF, 600 KB)
- Form - Development application form for PDI Act applications (PDF, 704 KB)
- Form - Deemed consent notice (DOCX, 64 KB)
- Form - Designated building products (DOCX, 64 KB)
- Form - Disclosure of commercial competitive interest (DOCX, 61 KB)
- Form - Essential Safety Provisions (ESPs) - Schedule (DOCX, 64 KB)
- Form - Essential Safety Provisions (ESPs) - Certificate of compliance (DOCX, 67 KB)
- Form - Essential Safety Provisions (ESPs) - Certificate of maintenance (DOCX, 69 KB)
- Form - Prescribed supervisor's checklist for designated building products (DOCX, 64 KB)
- Form - Statement of compliance (DOCX, 71 KB)
- Form - Statement relating to electricity infrastructure (PDF, 347 KB)
Ministerial Building Standards
Planning and Design Code
It is recommended that you use the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas (SAPPA) to view the spatial information represented in the PDF maps below. The SAPPA is an online mapping tool that allows users to more accurately identify Zones and Overlays of the Planning and Design Code that apply to their location.
- MAP 1 - Phase 1 - Planning Code Zones (PDF, 7552 KB)
- MAP 2 - Phase 1 - Airport Building Heights Overlay (PDF, 7205 KB)
- MAP 3 - Phase 1 - Building Near Airfields Overlay (PDF, 7663 KB)
- MAP 4 - Phase 1 - Coastal Areas Overlay (PDF, 8042 KB)
- MAP 5 - Phase 1 - Hazards (Acid Sulphate Soils) Overlay (PDF, 7365 KB)
- MAP 6 - Phase 1 - Hazards (Bushfire-Outback) Overlay (PDF, 7387 KB)
- MAP 7 - Phase 1 - Historic Shipwrecks Overlay (PDF, 7834 KB)
- MAP 8 - Phase 1 - Key Outback and Rural Routes Overlay (PDF, 8254 KB)
- MAP 9 - Phase 1 - Key Railway Crossings Overlay (PDF, 7703 KB)
- MAP 10 - Phase 1 - Marine Parks Overlay (PDF, 8818 KB)
- MAP 11 - Phase 1 - Murray Darling Basin Overlay (PDF, 7694 KB)
- MAP 12 - Phase 1 - Prescribed Watercourses Overlay (PDF, 7109 KB)
- MAP 13 - Phase 1 - Prescribed Well Areas Overlay (PDF, 7236 KB)
- MAP 14 - Phase 1 - Ramsar Wetland Areas Overlay (PDF, 7705 KB)
- MAP 15 - Phase 1 - River Murray Flood Plain Overlay (PDF, 7239 KB)
- MAP 16 - Phase 1 - Significant Landscape Protection Overlay (PDF, 7719 KB)
- MAP 17 - Phase 1 - Sloping Land Overlay (PDF, 16904 KB)
- MAP 18 - Phase 1 - State Heritage Area Overlay (PDF, 7576 KB)
- MAP 19 - Phase 1 - State Heritage Place Overlay (PDF, 7696 KB)
- MAP 20 - Phase 1 - Water Protection Area Overlay (PDF, 7164 KB)
- MAP 21 - Phase 1 - Water Resources Overlay (PDF, 43159 KB)