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New Planning System for SA

The State Planning Commission is leading South Australia’s biggest reform to the urban and regional planning system in over 25 years.

The resulting revised planning system will likely be operational by mid 2021 and be underpinned by the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) which introduces a raft of new planning tools.

The new planning and development system will affect how development policy is formed and amended, and how development applications are lodged and assessed.

The changes

Some of the changes to the Planning and Development system include:

  • The establishment of the State Planning Commission as the state's independent, principal planning body that provides advice and makes recommendations on the administration of the PDI Act.
  • The PDI Act requires the Planning and Design Code to be created. This will become the state's single planning rulebook for assessing all development applications, removing the existing 72 Council specific Development Plans.
  • Establishing a professional accreditation scheme for planners and building surveyors to provide increased confidence for development applicants and communities that decisions are being made by qualified and experienced professionals who regularly undergo training and are audited for competency.
  • Deliver an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging and assessment of development applications

Have your say

Initial public consultation on the draft Planning and Design Code (the Code) was undertaken from October 2019 to February 2020. Following this initial consultation the SA Government made some changes to the Code and have now released a revised version for a further six week consultation period.

The revised Planning and Design Code includes details of the proposed policy improvements in response to community feedback.

The State Planning Commission has developed a number of resources to support the consultation feedback process, including Frequently Asked Questions. These documents and resources are available online at

Ways to learn more

During November the State Planning Commission will hold a series of drop-in sessions and webinars to provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the Code and proposed changes.

More information including how to register is available at

Have your say

Find out how you can make a submission. Feedback on the revised Planning and Design Code must be submitted by 18 December 2020.

Visit the SA Government's PlanSA website