Development plan amendment practitioners guide

Purpose of the guide

The Practitioners guide is an online technical guide to help qualified planning practitioners prepare development plan amendments (DPAs).

People who are not planning practitioners can get an understanding of development plans from About development plans and view the Guide to development plans and development plan amendments 660.2 KB. This publication uses non-technical language to explain the purpose of a development plan, the processes involved in a DPA, and how members of the public can comment on a proposed DPA.

How to get access

The Practitioners guide is available online to qualified planning practitioners. To get access email with details about your qualifications. Suggestions to improve the guide are welcome and can be sent to the same email address.

Use of the guide

The Practitioners guide assists planners working within the South Australian planning system to: 

  • prepare DPA documents 
  • conduct a DPA process
  • submit DPA documentation at key stages for approval.

The guide details the seven key stages of a DPA, from inception through to approval by the Minister responsible for planning and the Development Act 1993. It includes templates for the documents required by the minister and the state government planning agency, as well as a range of supporting documents and useful references.

Contact details

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Information and Strategy
Development Division
Level 7 136 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

GPO Box 1815,
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: 71097007


Related information


Development plan amendments initiated by the Minister 214.3 KB
Development plan amendment process for council initiated DPAs 12.5 KB
Development plan amendment processes for Minister-initiated DPAs 12.5 KB

For an alternative version of a document on this page see Planning contacts.


Planning contacts


Development Act 1993
Development Regulations 2008

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