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Planning and Design Code

The Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan has been replaced by the Planning and Design Code which came into effect on 19 March 2021. To find out more about the Policies that affect your land refer to the links below.

You can access the Planning and Design Code via the Plan SA online tool to find out zoning and development policy information.

There are three different ways to view the Planning and Design Code in this tool:

  1. Enquire about Code policies applicable to an address
  2. Enquire about Code policies applicable to a development at an address
  3. Browse the Planning and Design Code

Watch this video to learn how to use the Planning and Design Code.

Once you have gathered the relevant information you might find the following information useful: Development Application Process

The Planning and Design Code is subject to ongoing strategic reviews and amendments to ensure that planning trends and community issues are balanced, reflecting the desired future character for the area.

Changes to the Planning and Design Code are made by Planning and Design Code Amendments (PDCAs) which can be prepared by either the Council, State Planning Commission, Government Agency or a private land owner. All PDCAs are subject to the Minister for Planning supporting a proposal to initiate and for final approval.

Code Amendments are notified and released for public consultation in accordance with the Community Engagement Charter under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and a specific Engagement Plan relevant to the Amendment.

Some Code Amendments may be given interim authorisation by the State Government to prevent negative speculative development, e.g., proposed Local Heritage Places. This means that the new policies become law on an interim basis, during which time the public and government agencies are consulted. There may be changes made during this time based on submissions received.

After the consultation period finishes, all submissions including those from the public and government agencies are reviewed and addressed in an Engagement Report, including any further necessary policy amendments as considered appropriate. The PDCA is then forwarded to the Minister for Planning for final authorisation.

You can view all Code Amendments initiated, on consultation or being finalised via the PlanSA Code Amendment Map Viewer.

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