ePlanning will take South Australian planning online
SA Planning Portal Phase 3.0 redesign released
Completed March 2018
SA Planning Portal Phase 2.1 redesign released
Completed November 2018
SA Planning Portal Phase 2.0 redesign released based on customer needs
Completed March 2018
External stakeholder workshops with Portal customers to scope needs
Completed November 2017
Council Connect engagement space released
Completed October 2017
New consolidated Public Register released
Completed May 2017
SA Planning Portal Phase 1.0 launched
Completed December 2016
State Planning Commission website launched
Completed June 2017
ePlanning will take the South Australian planning system online and will allow South Australians to:
- lodge development applications online, using a single application form
- easily monitor and track progress of development applications online
- receive decision notices electronically – and get faster approvals
- gain 24/7 fast access to searchable and reliable planning information, publications, maps and data
- easily access the latest planning news and updates
- access online planning policy and spatial map information online
- submit and track Planning and Design Code amendments online
- check the online register of accredited professionals
- use online help tools such as:
- an interactive building with click and view areas to highlight what is exempt from requiring approvals
- a questionnaire to check if an application needs to be submitted and, if so, the associated planning policy
The following ePlanning services are available now as part of the modernisation of South Australia’s planning system:
- SA Planning Portal launched December 2016 and has continued to grow and evolve with new content and capabilities.
- Online Submissions Form launched to enable online submissions on planning matters that are on consultation such as Ministerial Development Plan Amendments (DPAs).
- Single Land Use and Land Division Public Development Application Register available for viewing.
- State Planning Commission website available with information on Commission members and the new planning system.
- Council Connect provides an online collaboration tool for councils to engage with each other and DPTI. This is a secure environment where participants can contribute to various forum discussion topics relating to the Planning Reform program.
The following ePlanning services are currently under development as part of the ePlanning program:
- Replacing the Electronic Land Division Lodgement system with a new, easy-to-use system which will include additional features
- Online lodgement for development applications
- Online enquiry tools such as a questionnaire and an interactive building and spatial maps
- Online solutions to support the new Planning and Design Code
- Updating the public register to enable development applications to be viewed spatially on a map.
Can councils still undertake assessments in existing systems, or are assessment tasks undertaken completely within ePlanning?
Assessment of all development applications will be undertaken solely within ePlanning, with no duplication in a council system. ePlanning will be the single source of truth for all applications lodged under the PDI Act.
Will ePlanning have a record management system and capture the documentation of an assessment, or will council need to store documents on their own records management system?
Records management will be supported by ePlanning with no need for councils to duplicate records within their system.
Yes. Both planning and building consents will be undertaken within ePlanning, enabling end-to-end processing of a development application in one location. Mandatory notifications will be included in the workflow, along with other processes, until certificate of occupancy is attained.
Will building rules assessment be undertaken in ePlanning along with mandatory notifications?
Will ePlanning decide which category of assessment an application falls within?
Depending on the entry criteria in ePlanning (for example, selecting a parcel of land, or nominating a specific type of development, such as a shed) answering a series of criteria-based questions will return a suggested pathway for users, along with the relevant rules according to the Planning and Design Code. This will then be verified and confirmed by the relevant authority prior to lodgement.
Will assessments be undertaken in hard or soft copy?
The PDI Act supports a digital approach to assessment, with information filed and stored in ePlanning, accessed via the SA Planning Portal platform. Application assessment should be undertaken electronically, with business processes supported by technology.
Can applications be lodged in hard copy format?
If an application is submitted in hard copy format to council, council is responsible for converting the submitted information into an electronic format and uploading it to ePlanning to ensure all applications are assessed and recorded electronically.
Will ePlanning integrate with an existing council system?
No. Assessment will be wholly undertaken in ePlanning. There is no potential for technology integration in order to be able to undertake full end-to-end assessment of applications.
Will councils be able to maintain their own users within the system?
Yes. A council will have the ability to assign various user roles to officers within the council. This may include assessment officers, team leaders, administration officers etc. This will assist councils to maintain their own applications within a team hierarchy to ensure structured outcomes.
Can an officer see all their files and their status, and can they limit accessibility to certain information?
Each user will have an individualised account where they can track and interact with their own applications. This will show assessment timeframes, current status and other critical functions and information related to application assessments. Only certain pieces of information will be available to members of the public. Legal advice, for example, can be maintained confidentially.
Will a council, or council officer, be able to generate reports about specific activities as part of application assessment?
ePlanning information will be located in one place, which means more efficient, easier monitoring and reporting. This also allows for significant improvements to information collected and the sort of reports that can be generated. This is particularly useful for external agencies such as the ABS and SVO, for example, who require regular, detailed information about assessment of applications.