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SA's new planning system

The State Government is introducing a new planning system from 19 March 2021. It will be the biggest change to South Australia’s planning laws in more than 25 years. The new system will affect how applications are lodged and assessed, and how development policy is formed and amended.

For the first time, an ePlanning platform has been created to enable you to:

  • Submit and track development applications online.
  • Search property zoning.
  • Find an accredited professional.
  • Search property zoning.
  • Review development rules.
  • Track major projects and developments across the State.

A significant part of the planning reform involves replacing all 72 South Australian Development Plans (including the City of Marion Development Plan) with a single state-wide planning rule book, the Planning and Design Code.

What happens to development applications lodged prior to 19 March 2021?

Any development application submitted prior to 19 March 2021 will continue to be assessed under the ‘old’ planning system. The launch of the new planning system will not affect any development application already in progress.

What will be the role of Marion Council?

Marion Council will continue to assess certain types of developments as well as building approvals. Council’s inspections and compliance functions will also continue. The biggest change will be that all applicants must use the new ePlanning portal to lodge applications.

What has Marion Council’s response been to the reforms?

Marion Council has provided extensive feedback to the State Planning Commission during public consultations on the reforms. Council has also undertaken a community information campaign to make residents aware of changes we’ve recommended to improve the planning system.

Where can I go for more information?

To access the new planning system or for more information visit the PlanSA website, view PlanSA's FAQs or contact them via the details provided below.

For information about Marion Council’s role call 8375 6600.