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?
Building Rules Consent is the second step in the Development Application Process. This is where we consider the physical construction details - the specifications (what materials you're using), the footing details and/or engineer's report (how you'll make your building stand up), working drawings (how your building will be constructed) etc.
You can apply for Planning Consent and Building Rules Consent at the same time if you wish. However you will need BOTH Planning Consent AND Building Rules Consent to get Development Approval. For further information or assistance please contact Council's Development team on 8372 5429 or 8372 5189.
The approval time for applications differs depending on the complexity of your application. If we need to notify your application, it may take up to two months for approval. This time frame may increase if we need to ask for more information, if we receive representations from notified parties, or if the application needs to be assessed by the Development Assessment Panel.
You need to supply two copies of your plans and all other documentation (which includes footing and engineer's reports, specifications, copy of Certificate of Title etc). You will also need to complete an application form and pay the appropriate fees.
To find out what you need to provide for Planning Consent and Building Consent go to the Resources & Guidelines menu tab above. More information can be found in the Guide for Applicants published by Planning SA.
Before you can demolish any building, you need development approval. To find out more about demolition and what you need to do to apply for development approval, download the Demolition Application Form and Fact Sheet including the Details of Demolition Form.
In some cases you will need development approval to build a fence.
All residential development with more than $12,000 in estimated cost needs "Building Indemnity Insurance" unless the developer is an owner/builder or the builder is not known when the application is lodged. In the latter case, a condition requesting submission of the Building Indemnity Insurance is placed on the approval. If you intend to be an owner/builder, by law you must engage a registered site supervisor.
If the developer has a Builder's Licence then he/she is required to take out Building Indemnity Insurance even if the developer is the owner of the property (unless the licence is a Supervisor's Licence).
Building Indemnity Insurance lapses after five years.
If you are going to be responsible for undertaking building work as an owner/builder, you must engage a registered Building Work Supervisor and provide the details to us by completing a Registered Building Work Supervisor Details form.
DAP is the abbreviation for Development Assessment Panel. The DAP is a body of people who consider and make decisions on some development applications in their Council area. The role of the DAP is to make impartial and transparent development assessment decisions based on the policies in the Development Plan.
No development can commence without written Development Approval from Council. If you are intending to undertake any of the following activities, you will need to obtain Development Approval from Council before commencing the work:
Your application will be assessed against the objectives and principles of the City of Unley Development Plan, with the application process determined by the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008. The Development Plan divides the Council area into Zones and Policy Areas, with different policies applicable to each.
A planning assessment involves assessing the impact of development, including:
Examples of other criteria considered during assessment are environmental sustainability, access and traffic, and public safety.
This assessment is undertaken against the principles and polices in Councils Development Plan with different requirements based upon what you wish to do and what area of the City you are located in.
After receiving a planning approval, a building approval is typically required. This involves an appraisal of the design of buildings to ensure the proposed works are in accordance with the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards; this includes items such as disabled access and fire and life safety systems.
Development Application Form
This form is to be completely filled out and signed.
Certificate of Title (2 copies)
To confirm ownership of the affected property and check boundaries.
Powerline Clearance Declaration (2 copies)
To confirm that your proposal satisfies the necessary setbacks from powerlines. Page 2 of the Development Application Form
Construction Industry Training Levy Receipt (2 copies)
Required for all development applications with a value of work in excess of $15,000. Find out more about the Construction Industry Training Levy.
Plans & Drawings (2 copies)
Site plans and drawings will need to be provided for every Development Application, and can include:
All plans should be numbered and dated accordingly.
Generally this is sufficient information for planning approval only. If full development approval including building approval is sought, further information such as specifications and engineering will be required.
All development applications attract fees based on the type of development being proposed. To understand the cost of your proposed development, please view the Development Application Fees.
You may also be asked to provide additional information alongside the minimum information listed above. Please read through the General Information guidelines and resources prior to submitting your application to avoid processing delays.
Each proposal is slightly different and may require many factors to be considered before lodging an application. We encourage you to read the information provided and contact a Council Planning Officer to discuss your specific requirements on 8372 5111.
Your application can be lodged by post, by email, and in person.
Development Applications can be sent to:
City of Unley
Development Assessment Team
PO Box 1
Unley SA 5061
Development Applications can be sent to email@example.com
Development Applications can be lodged in person at the Unley Civic Centre from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The Civic Centre is located at 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061.
The assessment process may involve some or all of the following processes, depending on the nature of the proposal.
Assessment of Plans against the Development Plan, Building Code and relevant standards.
The Officer assessing the application may need to visit the site for a better understanding of the proposal. If this is the case and access into a building or site is required, the Council Officer will contact you to arrange a suitable time.
Your application may be referred internally within Council for expert advice.
If appropriate, your application may also be referred externally for advice – such as to the State Heritage Unit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for proposals that affect State Heritage listed properties, or to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Expert advice received will be taken into consideration by the Planning Officer.
Public Notification Process
Some forms of development will require public notification. Public notification allows adjoining or nearby property owners the opportunity to look at a proposed development, consider the likely impacts the proposal may have on them, and provide comments about the proposal prior to a decision being made.
In these instances, Council will write to each property owner and allow 10 business days for comments to be made.
Report and Decision/Development Assessment Panel
A detailed report will be developed by a Planning Officer taking into consideration the outcomes of all of the above steps. This report will outline the recommended decision.
Over 90% of development applications are delegated to the administration for decisions. The remaining applications are determined by the Council’s Development Assessment Panel.
Building Rules Assessment
The Building Rules Assessment can be undertaken by either Council or a Private Certifier. The assessing officers ensure the proposed works are in accordance with the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards; this includes items such as disabled access and fire and life safety systems.
When the building officer is satisfied that the proposed works have been designed in accordance with the Building Code of Australia and are consistent with the approved planning documents, the officer is able to finalise the application and grant Building Rules Consent and in turn Development Approval.
Track your application and view all City of Unley applications by visiting the Development Register.
Council have a team of officers responsible for inspecting sites to ensure works are undertaken in accordance with the Development Act 1993, Building Code of Australia and appropriate Australian Standards. Officers may, at any time, request access to your site to ensure works are being undertaken in accordance with approved plans.
Once your development is complete you are required to notify council. This will allow officers to undertake a final inspection, if necessary. A Builder’s Statement may be required to be submitted to Council at the completion of work.
Certificate of Occupancy
Prior to occupation a condition of the approval may be that a Certificate of Occupancy is required. A Council Officer can issue this certificate if Council has granted the approval Building Rules Consent.
Please contact Council to arrange for a site inspection to issue to Certificate of Occupancy.
The Development Act requires people to notify us at certain stages during building work.
The notification of stages of building work (as specified on the mandatory notification notice issued at the time of development approval) requires one business day's notice.
The name of the licensed building work contractor, or the name of the person who is in charge of carrying out the building work, must also be provided to us at the time of each specified notification stage.
If construction commences and we have not received the mandatory notifications and details of the licensed building work contractor or supervisor as required, we're empowered to stop building work while the matter is rectified and could also issue fines or other orders as warranted against the person responsible for the work.
Notification during building work can be provided in any of the following ways:
Pursuant to Section 38(5) of the Development Act, 1993, notice is hereby given of the following development application(s):
This Guide outlines the key statutory and policy requirements for the management of stormwater on development sites.
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