Lodging a Development Application

Planning Assessment

Development Plan Consent (planning consent) involves the assessment of a proposal against the provisions of the Development Plan for the council area covered. The purpose of this process is to ensure:

  • Satisfaction of the economic, social, educational, employment and recreational needs of people living within the Council area
  • A diverse, competitive and efficient economy, with emphasis on value-added and export-orientated primary industries
  • Orderly and economic development
  • Appropriate use of land within a particular location

In the District Council of Robe, planning assessment is undertaken against the provisions of the District Council of Robe Better Development Plan established under the South Australian Development Act and Regulations 1993.


The following is a checklist of information that is essential when making your new Development Application (please note that additional information may be requested):

1. A completed and signed Development Application Form
2. Two (2) copies of plans (A4 or A3 size only)
3. Two (2) copies of specifications
4. The appropriate application fees (see Development Application Fees 2019/20)
5. A signed Declaration relating to Electricity Act (attached to development application form)
6. Certificate of Title (both pages)

Please note that additonal informaton may be requested, please refer to the Development Application Checklist


What is Planning?

Planning is the act of researching, analysing, anticipating and influencing change in our society. In urban areas planners guide and manage the way suburbs and regions develop, making sure that they are good places in which to live, work and play. Planners are involved in making decisions about land use proposals and other types of developments. In making decisions, planners have to balance the needs of communities and the environment.

Planners have a tertiary qualification and work in a variety of fields. These fields include:

  • Development assessment planning
  • Policy planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Land use planning
  • Social planning
  • Regional and rural planning
  • Urban design
  • Environmental planning
  • Heritage conservation
  • Transport planning
  • Natural resources management
  • Place, project and major events planning

What do development assessment planners do?

As developments such as buildings can stand for many years, the role of Development Assessment Planning is important. Development Assessment Planning is the process which development needs to go through to determine if it can be granted Development Approval. Development Assessment Planners are the people who manage this process.

Development Approvals regulate development in an attempt to:

  • enhance the conservation, use and management of land and buildings
  • enhance the amenity of buildings
  • provide for the health and safety of people who use buildings
  • ensure efficient and uniform technical requirements for buildings
  • advance the public interest


Development Assessment Planners are responsible for assessing a Development Application to determine whether it is an appropriate development in its location. The Development Assessment Planner will review the environmental and visual qualities of the area and assess whether the development is compatible with the surrounding area. As part of this process the Development Assessment Planner will also check that the proposed development complies with the relevant Development Plan. In doing their job Development Assessment Planners will review and interpret policy, liaise with a range of professionals and balance the need for development with the aspirations of the community.

Building Information

Building rules assessment involves the technical assessment of a proposal for compliance with the Building Code of Australia (ABCB), the South Australian Housing Code, and other relevant Australian Standards.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is that national technical document which sets the standards for building work. The Building Branch must review the technical standards and provisions within the BCA to ensure compliance with South Australian conditions.
In general, the Building Code covers such issues as structural adequacy, fire safety, health and amenity, access for people with disabilities and energy efficiency.

The Building Policy Branch produces the SA Housing Code as a 'deemed to satisfy' document of the BCA, and provides advice on Australian Standards and other codes for national accreditation of products and systems.