We want to hear your feedback on Phase Two (rural areas) and Phase Three (urban areas) of the draft Planning and Design Code – updated zoning rules for South Australia.  

What’s being decided?

The draft Planning and Design Code sets out the rules that determine what landowners can do on their land. For instance, if you want to build a house, the draft Planning and Design Code (the Code) will tell you how high you can build and how far back from the front of your block your house should be positioned.

The Code aims to revolutionise the way that planning is undertaken in South Australia by replacing the 72 development plans currently in use, into a single set of planning guidelines for assessing development applications across the state.

From July 2020, all development applications will be lodged on-line through a new portal instead of being submitted to individual councils, eliminating unnecessary delays and paperwork.

The Code is being progressively introduced across South Australia and is already operating in areas outside council boundaries (known as Phase One - outback and coastal waters). The remainder of the state will become operational in two further phases:

Phase Two: Rural Areas - Applies to rural areas with small towns and settlements. It will be operational from April 2020.

Phase Three: Urban Areas - Applies to urban areas of Greater Adelaide and large regional towns and cities. It will be operational from July 2020.

You can read more about the Code in the background tab.

How can your input influence the decision?

The Planning and Design Code consists of Rules of Interpretation, Referrals, Mapping, Table of Amendments, Overlays, Zones, Subzones, General Policy, Land Use Definition and Admin Definitions. You can choose to have your say individually on each of these components as well as provide general feedback on the Code overall.

Participation by the community in the development of the Code will contribute to its acceptance, success and adoption. All feedback received will be considered for both Phase Two and Phase Three of the draft Planning and Design Code for South Australia.

Get involved

To help you get involved and have your say we have prepared the following resources:

You can provide your feedback by:

What are the next steps?

Further development of the Planning and Design Code by the State Planning Commission will be guided by feedback received through the consultation process.

Contact details

For general inquiries, please email us at DPTI.PlanningReform@sa.gov.au or call us on 1800 318 102 during business hours (9am to 5pm, weekdays).

Other related engagements

Closing Date: Phase Two rural council areas is open until 12am, 30 November 2019

Closing Date: Phase Three urban council areas is open until 12am, 29 February 2020.

Upcoming key dates

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 at 5:00 PM

CLOSING DATE: Draft Planning and Design Code Consultation

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