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Submitting a Representation

Have your say on development applications on public notice.


Development applications on public notice must allow for affected persons to have their say during the public notice period. The support of or opposition to a development by affected people is an important consideration in the decision-making process of a development.

If you are eligible to comment on a development, you can have a say by submitting a written representation during the public notice period.

How to submit a representation


  1. Find out if you are eligible

    Whether you are elibile or not to make a representation depends on the type of public notification.

  2. Download the representation template

    A representation template is available for each application on the Public Notices page as part of the documentation published, except for certain applications where the template is only mailed to adjoining land owners/occupiers.

  3. Prepare your representation

      In order for a representation to be valid, it must:

      • Be in writing
      • Outline the reasons for the representation
      • Include your name and address
      • Indicate whether you wish to speak to your representation at the SCAP hearing of the development where a decision is made
  4. Submit your representation

    To submit a representation, fill in template and submit to the SCAP prior to the closing date of the public notice period:

      • By email to scapreps@sa.gov.au
      • By post to The Secretary, State Commission Assessment Panel, GPO Box 1815, ADELAIDE SA 5001
      • In person to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Level 5, 50 Flinders Street, ADELAIDE
  5. Track your representation

    All representations submitted to the SCAP are public information, including your name and address. All valid representations:

      • are forwarded to the applicant to give them the opportunity to respond prior to a decision
      • may be temporarily published on the SA Planning Portal as part of the decision-making process for the development

      If you have confidentiality concerns about your representation, please contact the SCAP before submitting a representation.

 

Submitting representations for developments in a council area

Development applications that are located in a council area are assessed under the Development Act 1993. The Development Act determines who can submit a representation for which type of notification.

Learn more about having your say on Development Act applications

Notification typeWho can submit a representationHow to submit a representation Other opportunities to get involved

Major developments

The general public are notified by newspaper advertisement about the proposed development.

Any interested person can submit a written representation to the SCAP within the prescribed period.

Any interested persons can attend a public information session about the development which must be held during the public notification period.

Crown developments

(over $4 million in development cost)

The general public are notified by newspaper advertisement about the proposed development.

Any interested person can submit a written representation tp the SCAP within the prescribed period.

Persons who submitted a representation can attend the SCAP hearing where a decision on the development is made.

They may also request to speak at the SCAP hearing and must be heard.

Category 3 developments

Affected neighbours are notified in writing about the proposed development.

Owners/occupiers of land which the SCAP believes would be significantly affected by the development are also notified in writing.

The general public are notified by newspaper advertisement.

Any interested person can submit a written representation to the SCAP within 10 business days after the notice is first made.

Persons who submitted a representation can attend the SCAP hearing where a decision on the development is made.

They may also request to speak at the SCAP hearing and must be heard.

Category 2 developments

Affected neighbours are notified in writing about the proposed development.

Affected neighbours can submit a written representation to the SCAP within 10 business days after the notice is first made.

Persons who submitted a representation can attend the SCAP hearing where a decision on the development is made.

They may also request to speak at the hearing, which is at the discretion of the SCAP.

Submitting representations for developments not in a council area

From 1 July, development applications that are not located in a council area are assessed under the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. The PDI Act determines who can submit a representation for which type of notification.

Learn more about the implementation of the PDI Act 2016 in outback areas

Notification typeWho can submit a representationHow to submit a representation Other opportunities to get involved

Impact assessed developments

The general public are notified by newspaper advertisement about the proposed development.

The development is also published on the SA Planning Portal.

Any interested person can submit a written representation to the Minister within the prescribed period,

Any interested persons can attend a public information session about the development which may be held during the public notification period.

Crown developments

(over $10 million in development cost)

The general public are notified by newspaper advertisement about the proposed development.

In some cases, a sign is also placed on the proposed development site.

The development is also published on the SA Planning Portal.

Any interested person can submit a written representation to the SCAP within the prescribed period.

Persons who submitted a representation can attend the SCAP hearing where a decision on the development is made.

They may also request to speak at the SCAP hearing and must be heard.

Restricted developments

Affected neighbours are notified in writing about the proposed development.

Owners/occupiers of land which the SCAP believes would be significantly affected by the development are also notified in writing.

The general public are notified by a sign being placed on the proposed development site.

The development is also published on the SA Planning Portal.

Any interested person can submit a written representation to the SCAP within 20 business days after the notice is first made.

Persons who submitted a representation can attend the SCAP hearing where a decision on the development is made.

They may also request to speak at the SCAP hearing and must be heard.

Performance assessed developments

Affected neighbours within 60 metres of the proposed development are notified in writing by letter or registered email.

The general public are notified by a sign being placed on the proposed development site.

Any interested person can submit a written representation to the SCAP within 15 business days after the notice is first made.

Persons who submitted a representation can attend the SCAP hearing where a decision on the development is made.

They may also request to speak at the hearing, which is at the discretion of the SCAP.

Page last modified Friday, 2 August 2019