If you intend on undertaking “development” then you may require Development Approval. Development approval is required to ensure that the development is consistent with the local policy envisaged for the area which is set out in the Wattle Range Council Development Plan.
Development Approval is a legal requirement which has been put into place to protect individuals, the community and the environment. Development can affect you, your neighbour and the community now and in years to come. Undertaking development without an approval is illegal and potentially dangerous.
Some examples of development are:
A Development Application has three consents pursuant to the Development Act 1993. The three consents being Development Plan Consent (planning consent), Building Rules Consent (building consent) and Land Division Consent. Most applications will require both planning consent and building consent in order to obtain Development Approval. No development work can commence on site until Development Approval has been granted.
The type of consent needed depends on the type of development.
Development Plan Consent (planning consent):
Building Rules Consent:
• Structural adequacy
• Fire Safety
• Health and amenity
• Equitable access for people with disabilities, and
• Energy efficiency.
Building consent can be issued by either Council or a “private certifier”. A private certifier is an independent practitioner registered by the State Government to carry out Building Rules Consent assessment of applications, and issue Building Rules Consent.
Land Division Consent:
Development Applications are dealt with under delegated authority by Council Officers. However, some Development Applications require referral to the Council Development Assessment Panel (CDAP) for a decision to be made. Some applications may require public notification (advertising) and/or consultation with various Government Authorities. Before undertaking any development, please discuss your intentions with Council. If you are required to lodge a Development Application, time and money can be saved if you are thoroughly prepared.
Lodging an Application?
A form is available from the Council office or download here.
What Information Do I Need To Submit To Council?
For Planning Consent three copies of the following are required:
For Building Rules Consent - if not by Private Certification, two copies of the following are required:
Waste Water Application(42 kb) is also required should there be any alteration to any wet areas or a new waste water system is required.
How Much Will It Cost?
The cost of a Development Application varies greatly depending on the type of development and the scale of the development. Fees are based on the total development cost of the building work (excluding fitout costs) and includes GST. Fees are also based on the amount of area (in square metres) that you will be building depending on the type of building that you are proposing to construct.
The Development Application Fees schedule can be found in the Development Application Form(246 kb) and are set pursuant to the Development Act 1993.
Please Note: The fee schedule contains an abridged version of the complete Fees as listed in Schedule 6 of the Development Regulations 2008. Further application fees may apply in some cases.
The fees will be worked out for you when you lodge your application at the Council.
For further information on this or any other issue please contact Council:
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900
Postal: PO Box 27, MILLICENT SA 5280