Third and final phase of Planning and Design Code set to ‘go live’

29 January 2021

The launch date comes after 2 rounds of extensive community consultation, which both spanned more than 6 months.

During the consultation, nearly 2400 submissions were received and 225 consultation events conducted, with all feedback being considered by the State Planning Commission. Further refinements will be made to the Phase Three Code prior to launch in response to the latest round of public consultation. As such the draft Phase Three Code currently available for review on the PlanSA portal is ‘subject to change’.

Stakeholders will now have 7 weeks to explore the ePlanning system, and familiarise themselves with how the PlanSA portal works in preparation for the new planning system to ‘go live’ on 19 March, which will release the updated Planning and Design Code, incorporating changes from the latest round of public consultation.

Education and training sessions are now available for councils and industry representatives to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work within the new planning system. Further sessions for community members will be made available closer to the launch and will demonstrate how the new ePlanning system works and how to lodge a development application.

Note: any development applications for metropolitan areas submitted prior to 19 March 2021 will continue to be assessed and approved under the current planning system. The launch of the new planning system will not affect any development applications that are already in progress.

For more information visit or contact the PlanSA Service Desk on 1800 752 664 or email

Below are links to further resources:

Details and registrations for all PlanSA learning opportunities and education sessions.

The draft Online Planning System for South Australia’s Urban Areas.

The Online Planning System for South Australia’s Outback and Rural Areas.