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Planning and Design Code

PlanSA helpline - 8456 4840 or email

On July 31, 2020, the South Australian Planning and Design Code will replace all council development plans to become the single source of planning policy for assessing development applications across the state.

For clear and up-to-date guidance on the planning system, please click here

Additionally, the 2016 Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act will come into effect.

Any applications or enquiries submitted from 31 July 2020, will be assessed under this new legislation which may have different zoning rules, requirements, planning considerations and planning pathways to the previous system. However, any applications that are formally lodged prior to 31 July 2020 will still be assessed under the 1993 Development Act and 2008 Planning Regulations.

To discuss your proposal and the relevant policies please call the PlanSA helpline on 8456 4840 or email for assistance in understanding the online Code.

Online Applications through the ePlanning Portal:

Along with the new planning system, the ‘ePlanning portal’ will be rolled out in South Australia. Essentially applications are no longer physically lodged with Council but you will now upload your application online anytime through your computer, phone or tablet.

Applicants will also be able to track and monitor the progress of their application, pay fees and receive information requests from accredited planning and building officers, for planning and building information.

The ePlanning portal will also be South Australia’s planning hub for the community for planning information, mapping programs and checklists to help determine if a development even requires approval.

For further information on the ePlanning Portal, visit

Wastewater Systems

You can also submit your wastewater Application Form and accompanying plans electronically by emailing with ‘Attention EHO’.

Alterations to, and new sanitary plumbing, septic tanks and effluent disposal system still require an application and approval prior to any work commencing and all plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber.

Applications are assessed against the SA Health On-site Wastewater System Code.