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Development assessment process

If you intend to carry out any form of development, you must first receive development approval.

To receive development approval, you must lodge a development application with the Council (with the exception of land divisions).

A development approval is made up of development plan consent (planning consent) and building rules consent (building consent).

Once both planning consent and building consent are granted, the Council is able to issue a development approval.

Planning Assessment

Planning assessment is the first stage of the development approval process. Applications are assessed against the provisions of the Development Plan, which is the policy document administered by Council to ensure development occurs in an orderly manner.

The planning assessment process ensures that development:

  • Results in the appropriate use of the land within a particular zone.
  • Enhances or is in keeping with the appearance and surroundings of the area.

Lodging for planning consent, building consent and development approval simultaneously allows Council to assess the application at the same time and assists in ensuring consistency between approvals.

Furthermore, by lodging the application in person at Council, any potential planning and/or building issues can be identified at pre-lodgement stage, therefore reducing the likelihood of additional information being required during an assessment and ensuring a fast and streamlined approval process.

For further Information on the development application process relating to applications lodged prior to 19 March 2021, please visit our Development Information Guides page and read the brochure titled The Development Applications Process.

For further Information on the development application process relating to new applications, please visit Getting approval | PlanSA.

Building Rules Assessment

Building rules assessment is the second stage of the development approval process and involves the assessment of building plans for compliance with the Building Code of Australia, various Australian Standards, the South Australian Housing Code and other relevant Council and state requirements.

Building rules assessments involve the surveying of plans for compliance with the following matters:

  • Structural adequacy
  • Fire safety
  • Health and amenity
  • Energy efficiency
  • Access for people with disabilities

When lodging a development application you can elect to have your building rules assessment undertaken and approved by either a private building certifier or through Council's building department.

Encompassing a broad range of skills and expertise, the City of Marion's building department assesses over 1500 development applications for building rules compliance each year and can offer a one stop shop for your development applications.

Further Information

For further Information on the development application process, please visit our Development Information Guides page and read the brochure titled The Development Applications Process.