How to Apply for Planning and Building Approval

An application must be lodged with Council every time you wish to undertake development (unless it is for a land division in which case it is to be lodged with the Development Assessment Commission, please refer to our Land Division Page).

The mandatory requirements for any development application include:

Residential Code – please note for single storey dwellings and dwelling additions that fit within the Residential Development Code, a separate development application form is required (click here) and can be lodged with either Council or a Private Certifier.

Specific documents are required to support the assessment of applications, depending on the nature of the development. This includes plans and details as set out in Schedule 5 of the Development Regulations, 2008. The assessment generally occurs in two stages prior to a full development approval being issued. These include Planning Consent and Building Rules Consent. Development Approval is granted only when both Planning and Building Rules Consents have been granted.

Should the cost of your development exceed $40,000, payment of .25% of the value must be paid to the Construction Industry Training Fund Levy Board. Proof of payment must be provided to Council when lodging for Building Rules Consent.

In some cases, Council is required to undertake public notification to advise adjoining and other affected neighbours of a development.  Council may also refer your application to other government agencies if necessary as specified by the Development Regulations 2008. 

After my approval - what notifications are required?

If the building work involves the construction of any roof framing or a verandah/carport that is attached to any part of an existing roof frame, then the licensed building work contractor who is carrying out your building work (or who is in charge of carrying out the work or if there is no such licensed building work contractor, the building owner) must notify council within the following prescribed period as per Regulation 74 under the Development Regulations 2008:

  • One business day's notice of the intended commencement of building work on site
  • One business day's notice of the intended commencement of any stage of the building work specified by the council by notice in writing to the building owner on or before development approval is granted in respect of the work
  • One business day's notice of intended completion of any stage of the building work specified by the council by notice in writing to the building owner on or before development approval is granted in respect of the work
  • One business day's notice of the completion of all roof framing forming part of the building work (including top and bottom chord restraints, bracing and tie-downs)
  • One business day's notice of completion of the building work

Notice can be given to council by email, post, telephone or coming in personally and leaving a written notice with a duly authorised officer of the Council.

The above information is advisory and a guide only to give you a general understanding of the key points associated with the approval system.

It is recommended that you seek advice from the City of Mitcham Development Team on anything you are unsure of on 8372 8888.

Applications can be emailed directly to mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au or posted to City of Mitcham, PO Box 21 Mitcham Shopping Centre, Torrens Park SA 5062.

For more detailed information pertaining to lodging an application please refer to the SA Government website

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