Planning and Building
Planning and Building
To find out more about Development (Planning and Building), look for
- Development (Planning and Building) Fact Sheets
- Development (Planning and Building) Forms
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Development (Planning and Building) Information
- Mandatory Notifications
- Asbestos and other Hazardous Waste . Click here to find out more about disposal of asbestos and other hazardous material.
- Building Consent . Building Rules Consent is the second step in the Development Approval process. This is where we consider the physical construction details - the specifications (what you are building your structure out of), the footing details and/or engineer's report (how you will make your building stand up), working drawings (how your building will be constructed) etc. Find out more about the process here.
- Building Indemnity Insurance. If your development application is for domestic building work which will cost $12,000 or more, you need Building Indemnity Insurance.
- Categories (Types) of Development - Complying, Merit, Non-Complying . Find out the difference between the different types of development and how to apply for Non-Complying development application approval.
- Construction Industry Training Board You can pay your Construction Industry Training Board Levy fees on-line here.
- Change of use . If you want to change the use of a property you will need Development Approval. Click here to find out what information you have to provide. We also encourage you to ask us for preliminary advice on your proposal to prevent you from incurring unnecessary expense.
- Demolition All demolition work requires Development Approval before work can commence. You can find out more about demolition approval here.
Development Act and Regulations
This is a link to the current development legislation.
DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS ON NOTICE See details of any Category 3 or Non-Complying Category 3 applications which are currently on public notice.
- Development Assessment Panel (DAP) Look here to find out what the Development Assessment Panel is, who the members are, what happens at DAP meetings and link through to Development Assessment Panel agendas and minutes.
- Development assessment process Find out about the development assessment process, see what applications have been lodged with Council and track your application through the system.
- Development Plan, Amendments and Planning Zones Look at the current City of Unley Development Plan. See what planning zones are, how they affect you and what is involved in getting a development plan changed.
- Development Register Track your development application through the system or find out what applications have been lodged with Council.
- Energy Efficient Homes and Sustainable Housing . Increased energy efficiency requirements for all new dwellings built in South Australia will come into effect from Wednesday 1 September 2010. The new '6-star' energy efficiency requirement - which also applies to alterations or additions to existing homes - replaces the previous 5-star energy efficiency requirement which has been in place since 2006. Click here to link through to the Department of Planning and Local Government's website for more information. If you want a list of House Energy Rating Assessors, please click here. For more general information regarding Home Energy efficiency, click here. To view Unley's Sustainability Fact Sheet on Energy, click here.
- Fees . For a list of Development Application Fees, click here.
- Fencing Look here for information about brush fences, swimming pool safety barriers, how to design a fence that will complement heritage buildings and a link to Legal Services Commission's brochure on "Fences and the Law".
- Fire Safety for Non-Residential Buildings - Essential Safety Provisions (ESP) If you own or manage a commercial or non-residential building you might be asked to sign an "Essential Safety Provisions Form 3". Find out more about this process here.
- Food Premises . If you are looking at starting a Food Business or if you already operate one, check out our Food Premises page with Construction and Fitout Guidelines and links to handy websites.
- General Information Look here for some basic information about what development is and is not and a glossary of terms.
- Home Activity If you want to operate a business from home, check here for your rights and responsibilities.
- Land Division Find out about the land division process and different types of title and link through to Planning SA's Land Division Guide for Applicants, the Legal Services Commission's brochure on "Strata and Community Titles" and the Legal Services Commission's Law Handbook.
- Lodging an application Look here to find out how to lodge an application, what information you have to provide, costs associated with the Development Approval process, a link to Development (Planning and Building) forms and to the Construction Industry Training Board webpage.
- Planning Consent Planning Consent is the first step in the Development Application process. Planning is the concept - what do you want to do? Where will your house, addition or garage etc be located on your block of land? What will it look like? Where in relation to all of the other buildings, structures and trees on your land and on your neighbours'? Will there be overshadowing or overlooking issues? How much private open area will you have? Find out more about the process here.
- Planning Consents and Development Approvals Once you have your Planning Consent or your Development approval, how long does it last? Find out how long you have to start work and what happens if you 'stage' or vary your application.
- Powerline Clearance Declaration This is also known as the OTR (Office of the Technical Regulator) Declaration. To protect people and property, minimum safe clearances from powerlines have been established in the Regulations under the Electricity Act 1996. The declaration from requires applicants to confirm that their development will meet these safe clearances. If you lodge a development application for any work (with the exception of internal work, fences up to 2 metres in height or tree damaging activity) you will need to complete this form.
- Preliminary Application Form. If you would like free preliminary advice on your development proposal, please complete this form attach all of the relevant information and submit it to the Development Section. Our planning officers will provide you with written advice. Please note that you will still need to lodge a Development Application to get formal approval for your proposal.
- Public Notification Find out about the public notification process, how to lodge a representation (or objection) and the timeframe for representations. You can view Category 3 and Non-Complying Category 3 applications on public notice here. Details of all applications currently on public notification are also available via this page.
- Rainwater Tanks. If you are intending to install a rainwater tank, click here to find a fact sheet on whether your tank will require Development Approval. To find out about rebates for rainwater tanks and installation, click here. For information about rainwater testing, selecting a rainwater tank or installing a rainwater tank as part of your new house, please click here.
- Referrals In some cases we will need to refer your application to another government department. Find out why and what this means.
- Regulated and Significant Trees Regulated and Significant trees are protected under the Development Act 1994. Find out more about current legislation, tree damaging activity, how to lodge an application for tree removal or pruning, what information should be included in your arborist report, your rights and responsibilities and link through to the Planning SA website for more information. Please be aware that according to the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 an olive tree (Olea europaea) which is not planted and maintained for domestic or commercial use is not considered significant. Such trees can be removed without the need for Development Approval. Please see the attached brochure from the Department of Planning and Local Government for updated information - Protecting Regulated & Significant Trees DPLG Brochure(370 kb).
- Signs and Advertising Find out about moveable signs (eg a-frames), banners and other temporary signs, where you can erect a sign and how big it can be.
- Solar Panels For more information about solar panels, check the Department of Planning and Local Government website. If your property is State Heritage or if it's Local Heritage (and the panels can be seen from the street) or your installation does not fit the above criteria, you will need to lodge an application for Development Approval. To find out what information to provide, click here. If your property is not a State Heritage or a Local Heritage place, in many instances you will not need Development Approval for your Solar Panels. To ensure that you do not need Development Approval, your installation needs to EITHER be lighter than 100kg OR, if it does weigh more than 100kg,
- the weight load must not exceed 100kg at any one point of attachment and
- the panels must not overhang the roof and
- the panels muts be fitted parallel to the roof with the roof undersides no more than 10cm above the roof and
- the panels must be installed by a person accredited by the Minister.
- Swimming Pool and Spas Find out about swimming pool legislation, pool safety and your rights and obligations as a pool owner.
- Timber Roof Trusses (also known as Prefabricated Trusses). If your building was built between 1970 and 1997 it might contain a type of nail which can work free of the timber trusses. Click here to access the Planning SA website to see if your building might be affected. This site can tell you about the risks and recommended actions.
- Where to get help with your application Find out where to find someone to help with lodging a complicated application or drawing up plans.
- Guides to Built Form Zone and Heritage Conservation Zone Policy Areas These fact sheets contain extracts from the City of Unley Development Plan and will help you determine how you can develop a property in the Built Form or Heritage Conservation Zones.
- Guideline Sheets for Development in Built Form and Heritage Conservation Zones If you find that your property is located in a Built Form or Heritage Conservation Zone, look here to find out more about development in these areas.