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Development Forms and Permits

Accessing Property via a Council Reserve

If you would like to gain access to a property via a Council reserve, you will need permission in accordance to Council's By-Law No.3 - Local Government Land. The authorised organisation, company or person will need to complete and sign the indemnity form, then return the form to Council along with the application at least two weeks prior to the day access is required.

Please note if you are using or hiring contractors or machinery, you are required to provide a copy of a current Certificate of Currency (public liability insurance).

Permit to run a Business on Council Land, including Mobile Food Vending

Sometimes operating a business on Council land is considered a development which requires approval, such as alfresco dining or advertising signage on a footpath or road reserve, or structures and vehicles encroaching onto Council land or roads.

A mobile food vending business (involving the sale of food or beverage from a vehicle (within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act 1961)) also may require development approval.

Any business where food is prepared or sold requires a Food Business Notification, as per the Food Act 2001, prior to commencing the business.

If you are planning on selling food from a mobile food van or other venue on Council land or public roads, businesses like yours must apply for a Section 222 Permit (link to online form below) as per the Local Government Act 1999.

A permit will be issued by the City of Playford if you comply with the rules as adopted by Council (see link to document below.) Please note, the Mobile Food Vendor Location Rules apply to road and road-related areas for mobile food vending businesses only.

To confirm if your proposal requires approval, contact Council's Property Team via email at playford@playford.sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8256 0333.

To operate on Council-owned land, you must obtain a permit from the Council per Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1999.

Council requires a minimum of four (4) weeks to process the above application and issue a permit.

Food Businesses Notification

A new food business, or a change to an existing business, may require development approval. To find out if your proposal requires approval, please contact Council’s Duty Planner via email at plan@playford.sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8256 0331.

Any business where food is prepared or sold requires a Food Business Notification, as per the Food Act 2001, prior to commencing the business.

Prior to commencing business operations, please contact Council's Environmental Health Team - eho@playford.sa.gov.au - to discuss your Food Business Notification, or the fit-out of your food business.

Application to Alter or use a Public Road or Council Land

In accordance with Sections 202, 221 and 222 of the Local Government Act 1999 alteration or use of a public road or Council land (including Community Land) is not permitted unless authorised by Council.

Forms of consent include permits, authorisations, leases or licences.

Use of public road or Council land must not commence until approval has been granted.

Please note in some instances the proposed use may not be deemed appropriate and therefore may not be approved.

Definition of a road

A road extends from property line to property line and includes the roadside and road, commonly referred to as “road reserve”. Road can also include a bridge, footpath or walkway.

When to submit an application form

An application form must be completed for the following:

  • Alteration of the public road to permit access from an adjacent property
  • Erect, install or remove a building or structure (including pipes, wires, cables, fixtures, fittings, site compounds and other objects) associated with the public road or Council land
  • Alteration of the public road
  • Use of public road or Council land for a business purpose
  • Exclusion of access to public road or Council land i.e. road closure due to development works
  • Any other matter relevant to the use or maintenance of public road or Council land

Please allow four (4) weeks for requests to be considered.

When an application is not required

If the alternation is a vehicle crossover (section that you use to get your vehicle from the road to the driveway within your property) and has received approval as part of a development application under the Development Act 1993.

Mini Skips and Shipping Containers

Where you place mini skips, waste bins and shipping containers is important — if they are placed incorrectly, they can pose a safety risk to the public or surrounding neighbours.

Do I need permission to place a mini skip or shipping container on a road or Council land?

Yes, you will need permission!

The City of Playford is committed to providing a safe environment for all residents, that is why you must apply for Council approval to use Council roads and lands before placing a skip or container there.

What documents are required to support my application?

In addition to a completed application form, you are required to provide the following:

  • Provision of road traffic signs and devices as required
  • Public liability insurance Certificate of Currency (minimum $20 million)
  • Detailed site plan showing all activity on the road and the proposed placement of the skip or container

You must allow ten working days for the application to be assessed.

How can I make an application for a mini skip or shipping container permit?

Please complete download and complete the application form below. Once you have filled out all the details, please email your completed application to playford@playford.sa.gov.au.

Be sure to submit your application as early as possible - Council will need at least five working days to review and approve your application.

NB: Any damage to Council infrastructure caused by placement or removal of the skip or container is to be reinstated to Council’s satisfaction at the applicant's cost.

Wastewater

If you're building your new home in one of Playford’s smaller townships, such as Angle Vale, Virginia or One Tree Hill, you may need to install an on-site wastewater system as these areas are unsewered areas (not connected to the SA Water sewer system.)

For a new system installation, you will need to contact a qualified wastewater engineer to determine a suitable system for your home and to prepare an engineer’s report.

After this you will need to submit a completed application form, the engineer’s report, a site plan of your house and the proposed system and an underfloor plumbing plan showing the proposed sanitary drainage. Please also be advised that a fee is applicable for the application and will be determined upon lodgement of the application.

You can then submit the documents through the following methods:

  • In person: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
  • By email: eho@playford.sa.gov.au
  • By mail: City of Playford, 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park SA 5113

Liquor Licencing

To serve liquor in any facility, you need a liquor licence. The Consumer and Business Services (CBS) assess liquor licence applications in South Australia; CBS requires a letter from Council to confirm liquor licence applications are consistent with the approved land use and development conditions that relate to the venue.

If the venue is owned by the Council, applicants will also need to provide the land owner (Council) consent to CBS. This request should be emailed to sportsfields@playford.sa.gov.au

Requests for Council comment should be emailed to plan@playford.sa.gov.au accompanying:

  • A cover letter detailing the proposal
  • A copy of the CBS application form
  • A site plan showing the entire property and where the licenced area is on the property
  • A floor plan showing the proposed licenced area

Subject to your proposed licence type, please allow up to eight weeks for processing.