South Australia's planning system controls land use and the physical development of the state.
The legislation related to planning and development matters is contained in the Development Act 1993 and associated regulations.
The Planning Strategy sets out the state government's directions for land-use changes and development in South Australia.
The directions in the strategy become policy at the council level when they are incorporated into the development plans for individual council areas.
Each South Australian council has a development plan that guides the type of development that can occur within the council area. Planners use the policies in development plans to assess development applications.
Each council must align its development plan with the Planning Strategy through development plan amendments to ensure that the state government's planning directions are reflected in local development decisions and outcomes.