Development and Planning

Development control within South Australia is legislated within the Development Act and Regulations 1993 (as amended). "Development" is defined within the Act and can include building work, a change in land use, any work on a heritage building or land division.

"Building work" means the erection, construction, underpinning, alteration of, addition to or demolition of any building or structure.

It includes:

  • New buildings
  • Alterations and extensions to existing buildings
  • Garages, carports, toolsheds etc. greater in area than 10m2 and the building height being over 2.5 metres above natural ground level (click here for a fact sheet)
  • Pergolas if roofed (polycarbonate or steel)
  • Swimming Pools

What Development Requires Approval

The Development Act advises that no development can be undertaken unless it has the approval of the relevant planning authority, which in most cases is Council. This means that any "development" or "building work" as defined above requires formal Development Approval.

Click here for a Development Application 2019-20 or a 2019-20 Septic Tank Application Form,
or for further information contact the Director of Development & Environmental Services at the Tatiara District Council Office on (08) 8752 1044

Click on to access fact sheets on the planning system and process.

Council's Development Plan

Council's Development Plan contains planning policies as well as objectives and principles which are the basis for assessing land use applications. Legislation requires Council's to review a Development Plan every three years. The Development Plan review was completed in June 2010 in conjunction with six other South East Councils.

Click here to view Council's Development Plan.

Development/Planning Policies

There are a number of policies which relate to Development and Planning. Click on the documents below to view policies relating to building inspections, transportable homes and more.

Policies - Development

Policies - Planning

Development Assessment Panel

The Development Assessment Panel meets when required prior to Council Committee meetings at the Bordertown Council Office.  Click here to view the Development Assessment Panel Terms of Reference

Places of Local Heritage Value

Council in the 2014/15 budget has an allocation of mfunds that are to be used on Local Heritage listed properties.  These funds are used for conservation and restoration works on heritage properties.  Up to $2,000 may be applied for subject to meeting Local Heritage incentive scheme guidelines, with any funding being matched equally by the landowner.

In addition to the Heritage Grant Scheme, owners are also entitled to free professional heritage advice from Richard Woods, Council's Heritage Adviser.  Advice is available for a range of projects such as alterations and additions, restoration of stonework, verandahs, roofs and fencing as well as general information on suitable materials, colours and construction techniques.

An application form for the Heritage Grant Scheme is included in the below 'Local Heritage Grant Scheme Guidelines & Policy' document.