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New Dwellings and Additions

The building of a new house or dwelling addition will require Development Approval from Council.  An application is made by submitting a Development Application form, plans, supporting documents and fees to the Council for assessment.  If you have limited design and building construction knowledge, it is advised that you use the service of professional consultants to aid in the preparation of documentation for some forms of development.

Development Approval comprises both Development Plan Consent (Planning consent) and Provisional Building Rules Consent (Building consent).  The application may be made for both consents together or separately.

Planning Consent

An application for planning consent is assessed against the Development Plan, which is the policy document used to guide the growth of Salisbury in an orderly manner.  The matters considered include the siting of the house, adequate car parking, its impact on the streetscape and adjoining residences.

 When designing the layout and design of the dwelling or dwelling addition the following guidelines are desirable:

  • A new dwelling or dwelling addition should be compatible with the setbacks of buildings on adjoining land and other buildings in the locality.
  • Except where specified in a particular zone, policy area or precinct, the front of a building should be setback from the primary road frontage in accordance with the following:


  • A dwelling should be sited and designed to incorporate adequate private open space (land available for exclusive use by residents of each dwelling).
  • Private open space for dwellings should comply with the following:


  • Every dwelling should be provided with one covered and one uncovered car park.
  • A two storey dwelling or dwelling addition should give consideration to protecting the privacy of adjoining properties.  Designs should ensure that no proposed balconies have direct view into the rear and side yards of adjoining neighbours and contain screening to a minimum height of 1700mm above the level of the floor.  Any windows, which will constitute an overlooking problem, will be required to comprise fixed obscure glazing to a minimum height of 1700mm above the level of the floor. 
  • Where possible the orientation of living areas to the north should be considered when siting your proposal.

Building Consent

The application for building consent is assessed against the technical requirements of the Building Code of Australia and other relevant standards to ensure compliance with the Building Code of Australia (the structural safety, health and fire protection of the premises). The following information is required as part of the building application:

Builders Indemnity Insurance is required for all work valued $12,000 and above where a Licenced Builder is engaged to carry out the construction work.

Construction Industry Training Board Levy is required for all work valued at more than $40,000.


Building work is generally not permitted over easements.  If you need to construct a building over an easement approval must be obtained from the authority that has control of the easement. The Certificate of Title will detail which authority has the benefit of the easement.


In some instances, an encumbrance specifying special building requirements may be registered on the Certificate of Title.  These requirements may include the use of certain building materials or fencing designs or distances from boundaries.

Residential Development Code

South Australia has entered into a new era in planning approvals following the introduction of the new Residential Development Planning Code. The Code has been developed following an extensive three-month consultation period of a draft code involving the public, industry and local government.

As part of the changes there has been an expansion of the categories for complying development, by essentially providing a 2 tick-box assessment for a proposal against a set series of criteria known as 2 Performance Controls. These include issues such as location, height, setback and site coverage.

It is intended that complying development will apply differently for new homes and alterations/additions to existing homes.  If you are looking at renovating your home or wanting to build a new one, please take the opportunity to read the information available on the web site section on Residential Development Code Updates.

Further Information

Please note that the information above is intended as a guide only. Further clarification of these matters can be obtained from the Development Services Department on 8406 8222 or email

Lodge Development Application

If you wish to proceed to lodge a development application online please click Application Lodgement.