How to Apply for Planning and Building Approval

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Making new additions to your home or property is always an exciting prospect! However many types of development projects may require approval from Council to ensure that they are code-compliant and to minimize disruptions to other residents. To determine whether your development project needs approval please see the Exempt Development information sheet for a list of developments that do not require Council approval, if the criteria are met. If you are still unsure, it is best to check with the Development Services team before proceeding with your project.

If you do require Council approval please see information below:

If you are undertaking development that requires Council approval you will need to provide the following information:

Please email applications directly to development@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au

Alternatively they can be posted to City of Mitcham, PO Box 21 Mitcham Shopping Centre, Torrens Park SA 5062.

Application Fees - Council will email an invoice to the applicant for the associated fees after the application has been received and categorised

In some cases, Council is required as specified by the Development Regulations 2008, to undertake public notification to advise adjoining and other affected neighbours of a development and/or to refer your application to other government agencies for comment. Council will advise the applicant if this process needs to be undertaken after the application has been categorised.

For further information please view our Development Information and Forms

Once your application has been lodged, you can track your application by looking in the Build & Develop tab under the heading ‘Track your Development Application’ or click here.

If you are lodging a land division application or land division with demolition or built form, please refer to the Land Division page.

Notifications of certain stages of building work are compulsory during construction.  These will be listed in your approval documentation but are also listed below.

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 through the mandatory notifications links here

The above information is advisory and a guide only to give you a general understanding of the key points associated with the approval system. These requirements can change at any time.

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