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Building Inspections and Notifications

Councils are responsible for inspection and enforcement of building work once it has commenced.

Buildre CarpenterThe Council’s Building Officers conduct random and scheduled building inspections on previously approved developments.

Random and scheduled building inspections are undertaken to ensure the builder or person responsible for the development has complied with their development authorisation, relevant approved construction practices, standards and codes, including any conditions of consent.

Building inspection

Inspections of building work must be undertaken in accordance with the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016

New inspection policies have been developed by the State Planning Commission to provide a consistent approach to compliance across the state. They are tailored to meet a range of council requirements.

For more information, visit: PlanSA - Building Inspections and Compliance

Mandatory notifications

Section 146 of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and Regulation 93 of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017, requires that notifications are provided to the Council at certain stages during building work.

The complete list of notifications required for a particular development is specified on the Decision Notification Form issued at the time of development approval.

By default notifications are required to be provided to Council at the following stages of building work as prescribed by the Regulation 93 of Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017:

  • intended completion of any stage of the building work specified by Council on the Decision Notification Form
  • intended commencement of the installation of a designated building product* including a duly completed Notice B Regulation 93(4) prescribed supervisor’s checklist for designated building products
  • completion of swimming pool safety features (before the pool is filled with water)
  • completion of building work accompanied by a completed Statement of Compliance

 *Designated building product is a building product that consists of a metal panel or lining formed with aluminium, or similar thin metal sheet material, with any type of core.


Visit the PlanSA website to download the Notice B, Regulation 93(4) Prescribed Supervisors Checklist Form. 


A notification of commencement of building works must include the name, business address, telephone number and builders licence number of the licensed building work contractor responsible for carrying out the work, and the name, residential or business address, email address and telephone number of the persons who are proposed to sign the Statement of Compliance.

Statement of Compliance must be provided for class 1, class 2-9, and class 10B (swimming pools), upon completion.

Pursuant to section 152 of Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, a person must not occupy class 1 or class 2-9 building unless a required Certificate of Occupancy has been issued by the Relevant Authority.

If, upon receipt of notification of completion of building work, a Council determines that the building work will be inspected by an authorised officer, the Certificate of Occupancy must not be issued until the inspection has been carried out by Council, and any required building work or other action has been undertaken.

Notification methods

As an alternative to the online form, notification of building work stages can be made to the Council by:

Please include in your notification:

  • Development Application Number
  • site address
  • details of the stage for which the notification is being provided
  • contact name and number of the person responsible for the building work.