General Planning Terms

See below for general definitions for commonly used planning terms.

Affordable Housing

The term “affordable housing” was determined to be relevant to the Development Act, 1993 in September of 2007 (Government Gazette).  As a consequence affordable housing is now recognised within Development Plan polices as adopted from the Better Development Plan modules, and also as included via large site-specific projects which, through agreement with the Minister for Housing, incorporate a 15% component of affordable housing.

Schedule 8 of the Development Regulations, 2008 also requires an affordable housing development proposal be referred to the Minister for Housing to certify that the development meets the determination of affordable housing.

Further information on affordable housing from the SA Government can be found on the following.

Applicant:
Person/Company who applies for development approval.

Application:
The documents lodged with a relevant authority regarding a proposed development.

Approval:
Legal document that allows you to undertake a development See Fact Sheet 4.

Building Code of Australia:
The national technical document which sets the standards for building work within Australia

Building Rules:
Any codes or regulations under the Development Act 1993 that regulate the performance, standard or form of building work.

Community Title:
A community title divides land into lots (of which there must be a least two) and common property. Community Title can be a community scheme or a community strata scheme.

Complying Development:
A development which is listed in the Development Plan or specified in the Development Regulations 2008 as complying. Complying development will generally only have a low level of impact on the surrounding area.

Council Development Assessment Panel:
Abbreviated to CDAP. Panel formed by Council to consider and make decisions on certain Development Applications. See Fact Sheet 21.

Decision Notification Form:
Issued by relevant authority to inform applicant of approval or refusal for development.

Detached Dwelling
A detached building comprising one dwelling on a site held exclusively with that dwelling and has a frontage to a public road, or to a road proposed in a plan of division that is the subject of a current development authorisation.

For more information, see the Local Government Planner’s Kit

Development:
Any activity which is defined as development under the Development Act, 1993. See Fact Sheet 2.

Development Act 1993:
Legal document which Governs planning in South Australia.

Development Assessment Commission:
State Government authority for planning in South Australia.

Development Plan:
Each Council area has a Development Plan that relates to that specific area.
It is a document which provides guidelines for new development. Planners will assess a development application using the Development Plan. See Fact Sheet 16.

Development Plan Consent:

Planning permission for a development, granted after a qualified planner or other relevant authority has assessed the application. See Fact Sheet 4.

Dwelling
A building or part of a building used as a self-contained residence.

Electricity Act Declaration:
Declaration form which states that a proposed development will not be contrary to the regulations for section 86 of the Electricity Act 1996 (link to Electricity Act). These regulations contain minimum safe clearance distances between buildings and power lines.

Gazetted:
An announcement in an official article.

Group Dwelling
One of a group of two or more detached buildings, each of which is used as a dwelling and one or more of which has a site without a frontage to a public road.

For more information, see the Local Government Planner’s Kit.

Land Division Consent:
Planning permission for a land division development. See Fact Sheet 4.

Lodgement:
Providing information to the relevant authority for a development application which is then put into the system to be assessed.

Merit:
Merit development is development that is not categorised as either Complying or Non-Complying as stated in the Development Plan, Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 1993.

Multiple Dwelling
One dwelling occupied by more than 5 (five) persons who live independently of one another and share common facilities within that dwellings.

For more information, see the Local Government Planner’s Kit

Non – Complying:
Non-Complying developments are listed in the Development Plan and are land uses which are not envisaged or encouraged within a particular area.

Planning Consent:
See Development Plan Consent and Fact Sheet 4.

Referral:
When an application is sent by the relevant authority to government agencies or other bodies for assessment of a particular aspect of the development. See Fact Sheet 15.

Relevant Authority:
The agency responsible for assessing an application. The term relevant authority can refer to the Development Assessment Commission, a Council or a regional development assessment panel. The State Heritage Authority can also be a relevant authority but only in respect of enforcement procedures for breaches of the Act, in accordance with Part 11 of the Act. It does not refer to the Governor or a Minister.

Source: Department of Planning and Local Government

Representor:
A person or body who wishes to support or object to a proposed development which has been on public notification.

Representation:
A written support or objection to a proposed development which has been on public notification. See Fact Sheet 14.

Residential Flat Building
A single building in which there are two or more dwellings, but does not include a semi-detached dwelling, row dwelling or group dwelling.

For more information, see the Local Government Planner’s Kit.

Row Dwelling
A dwelling:
a)    Occupying a site held exclusively with that dwelling and has a frontage to a public road, and
b)    Comprising one of three or more dwellings erected side by side, joined together, and forming, by themselves, a single building.

For more information, see the Local Government Planner’s Kit.

Semi-Detached Dwelling
A dwelling:
c)    Occupying a site held exclusively with that dwelling and has a frontage to a public road, and
d)    Comprising one of two dwellings erected side by side, joined together, and forming, by themselves, a single building.

For more information, see the Local Government Planner’s Kit.

Significant Tree:
A tree that is more than 2 metres in circumference when measured 1 metre above ground level. See Local Government Planners’ Kit.

South Australian Housing Code:
The South Australian Housing Code is produced by Planning SA and sets out building provisions that will comply with the Building Code of Australia.

Strata Title:
A sub division involving at least two units and a common area.

Torrens Title:
An example of Torrens Title is a home on its own block of land. There is a separate Certificate of Title for each separate piece of land.

Zone/Zoning:
Zoning is the division of a Council area into defined areas with similar characteristics, particularly the type of landuse. See Fact Sheet 17.

Development Act and Regulations

Statutory definitions or interpretations used in the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008 are contained in the following locations:
Development Act 1993
Section 4 Interpretation
Development Regulations 2008
Regulation 3 Interpretation
Regulation 6A Regulated and Significant trees
Regulation 6B Aboveground and inflatable pools
Schedule 1 Definitions

Land Use Terminology

The Department of Planning and Local Government has developed a Terminology List for the Better Development Plans Project. The document is designed to assist planners to interpret and improve planning policy in Development Plans.

Healthy Spaces and Places

The Healthy Spaces and Places website includes a glossary on planning for healthy spaces and places.

Healthy Spaces and Places is a national guide for planning, designing and creating sustainable communities that encourage healthy living.