Opening and closing roads in South Australia
The requirements and procedures for land to become a public road or cease being a public road are laid out in the Roads (Opening and Closing) Act 1991 Guidelines .
These Guidelines provide users with the steps needed to comply with the Roads (Opening and Closing) Act, 1991, and its Regulations and Administrative Instructions issued by the Surveyor-General.
Councils should note that the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act 1969 apply to every authorised acquisition of land in the State, and have been integrated with parts of the Roads (Opening and Closing) Act, 1991, that deal with new road and other land acquisitions.
A council will normally undertake the road process.
In specific circumstances laid down in the Act, the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP), or the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure shall be the relevant authority to make the road process order. The Minister has special power to close roads pursuant to Section 6 and Part 7A of the Act. This power extends to any superfluous roads out of council districts.
If further guidance is required regarding these procedures, please consult the Roads Unit of Land Services on 8226 3910.