Council plays an active role in assessing all applications. The time taken to process development applications varies depending on the type of proposal. Generally, applications will take a minimum of six weeks to be processed, assuming all the relevant information has been submitted. If more information needs to be requested, the time to process will be greater.
The assessment process may involve some or all of the following processes, depending on the nature of the proposal.
Step 1: Assessment of plans
Assessment of Plans against the Development Plan, Building Code and relevant standards.
Step 2: Site Visit/Inspection
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.
Step 3: Referrals
Your application may be referred internally within Council for expert advice for traffic and parking matters, as well as potential emergency and public safety concerns.
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 South Australian Police Department or Environmental Protection Agency.
Expert advice received will be taken into consideration by the Planning Officer.
Step 4: 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.
Step 5: Report & 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 per cent of development applications are delegated to the administration for decisions. The remaining applications are determined by the Council’s Development Assessment Panel.
Step 6: Building Rules Assessment
The Building Rules Assessment can be undertaken by either Council or a Private Certifier. The assessing officers ensure the proposed works meet the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards.
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.