Development Applications

Development Application Information

To upload and submit a Development Application, please click on the link below.

South Australia's New Planning System - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the assessment pathways in the Planning and Design Code?

How the Planning and Design Code applies to developing a property

Finalising 'in-flight' development applications

Information Sheets

Other information sheets are also available for download:

Fact Sheet - Find out if you need approval

Fact Sheet - Ways to lodge your application for approval

Fact Sheet - Development Application Checklist

Fees and Charges at a glance - 2020-21

Fact Sheet - Request for additional information during assessment

Operation and Care of Septic Tanks(192 kb)

Dog Kennels & Dog Keeping(135 kb)

Home Based Food Business

Home based food activities information sheet(220 kb)

Food Business Notification Form(493 kb)

further information

Native Vegetation

Native vegetation in South Australia (except parts of metropolitan Adelaide) is protected. You may need to apply to clear native vegetation. This is a separate process to the Development Act approval process.

See maps to find out where the protection under the Native Vegetation Act applies.

Contact your local Natural Resources Centre if you need general information.

The following links to 'apply to clear native vegetation' will assist:

Application for Extension of Time for Approved Development Applications

When Development Approval is given for a development, work on that development must be substantially

commenced within 12 months of the date of the approval and be substantially or fully completed

within 3 years.

This is a requirement of Regulation 48 in the Development Regulations 2008.

If an applicant cannot achieve Development Approval or commencement and completion of the development

within the relevant time then they may request an extension of time for the decision to remain valid.

How to obtain an extension to your development approval

Before an extension can be granted, Council must consider the following:

1. whether the Development Plan for the area has changed since the development was approved and, if so, what impact the development would have on achieving the relevant objectives and principles of the revised Development Plan

2. why the development was not completed within the approved period

3. the extent of progress made towards completion and the extent of works remaining to be done

4. whether anybody will suffer prejudice if the extension is grante

Applicants applying to extend their development approval are asked to address the above points as part of their application.

A fee of $109.00 must also be paid to Council with the letter/application for the 2020/2021 financial year.

Application for an Amendment to a Development Application

In some circumstances, a variation or amendment may be required to either an approved Development Application, or an application currently being assessed.

Any alteration, be it relating to a site plan or structural specifications, require written notification to Council.  Amended plans should be submitted to Council for consideration.  The decision to grant consent for the amendment to the development application requires re-assessment, ensuring the amendments meet Council’s Development Plan.

Processing time will depend on the nature and complexity of the proposal and may also be affected by the information provided to support the application.

Additional information may be required to complete a thorough assessment of the alteration/amendment.

Fees applicable for an Application for an Amendment to a Development Application are set at 30% of the Statutory Fees. Council staff will assist you in the determination of the fee amount.

Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have become more readily available for a variety of uses in recent years due to increasing numbers of second hand containers from transport companies and development of the types of use of the containers.  These containers offer an economical, secure method of storage and are becoming increasingly popular amongst applicants for this purpose.

The District Council of Barunga West Development Plan currently makes no direct reference to the use or assessment of shipping containers.  This has created a level of uncertainty in the community regarding the process and requirements of obtaining Development Approval for these containers. Council has now developed a shipping container policy to give guidance on this matter.

In addition to this, Council is facing the task of enforcement issues relating to the unauthorised placing of these containers and the lack of a specific set of guidelines to enforce this with.

The Shipping Container Policy provides development guidelines for Council and landowners in the appropriate use and siting of shipping containers.

This policy is intended to:

1. Ensure that the use of shipping containers is not unsightly and does not detract significantly from the amenity of the locality in which it is situated as determined by the Local Government Act 1999.

2. Ensure that the design and siting of shipping containers have regard to the nature and possible impacts on adjoining land uses, or land uses which may be established in adjoining zones.

3. Provide guidelines for the appropriate use of the shipping containers, for storage, conversion to habitable dwellings and structures and chemical shed uses.

4. Establish guidelines for the assessment of applications related for a permit to the establishment of shipping containers within the Council area.

5. Set acceptable standards and guidelines for an application to obtain Council permission to establish a shipping container on a particular property.

Shipping Container Policy(165 kb)

Development Approval is required within Townships/Residential Areas, and there are some exemptions in Rural Living/Rural areas.  Please read the Policy for clarification.

For further clarification, please contact Council.