Pre-lodgement Advice Services

Early discussions with the Council will help you make informed decisions about your development application.

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The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has a strong commitment to assisting future applicants in the preparation of development applications by taking an active role in the pre-application process.

The type of service Council provides will depend on the nature of the proposal and information provided.

Council development advice services:

  • Initial advice enquiries service - for pre-purchase and initial or straightforward enquiries
  • Pre-lodgement advice service - for detailed site-specific development proposals.

 

Initial advice enquiries service

Drop-in and over the phone adviceDevelopment plans

The Council understands that not everyone wishes to, or has the time to participate in the pre-lodgement advice service. For this reason, the Council has an Urban Planner on duty every day to take enquiries and provide verbal advice, either over the telephone or at the Norwood Town Hall.

It is important to recognise however, that any advice provided by the on-duty Urban Planner following an impromptu request, can be relied upon to a lesser extent than can advice which is provided via the pre-lodgement advice service. 

Providing ‘on the spot’ advice will necessarily be broad in nature, as there is insufficient time to properly consider all factors which are important in development assessment, including a complete review of the relevant policy contained in the Development Plan, and a review of the subject land and its locality.


Call us

On-duty Urban Planner:
T: 08 8366 4530 


Drop-in enquiry service

No appointments taken

On-duty Urban Planner:
Norwood Town Hall
8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Pre-lodgement advice service

Builing plans and people

Pre-lodgement advice can improve design and planning outcomes and the efficiency of the development application process. This can be achieved through potential applicants and Council staff working together at the early stages of project development.

The pre-lodgement advice service can:

  • provide certainty by identifying and refining planning and design issues up front
  • reduce assessment time of development applications
  • advise on how to submit a complete application when and where required.

Request pre-lodgement advice

The pre-lodgement advice service is free and voluntary.

To participate in the pre-lodgement advice service, complete the Agreement to Commence Pre-lodgement Advice Service form by clicking on the button below.

Important: before seeking pre-lodgement advice, please read the Terms of Engagement below which cover information requirements, timeframes etc.

Online Pre-lodgement Advice Service Form


Alternatively, complete the hard copy Pre-lodgement Advice Service Form and email it together with required relevant information to townhall@npsp.sa.gov.au

 

Terms of engagement

Intent

The intent of the pre-lodgement advice is to improve design and planning outcomes and the efficiency of the development application process, through proponents and Council staff working together at the early stages of project development.  In particular, the service aims to:

  • provide progressive certainty by identifying and refining planning and design issues up front
  • reduce assessment time of development applications
  • advise proponents on how to submit a complete application when and where required.

It is not the intent of the pre-lodgement advice service to refine a project to the point where consent can be anticipated upon the lodgement of a development application.  The pre-lodgement service does not replace the assessment of a development application in the manner required under the Development Act 1993.

 

Information requirements

The following information is required to be submitted together with a completed Agreement to Commence Pre-lodgement Advice Service form, at least 2 business days prior to a meeting between the proponent and the assigned Urban Planner:

  • Site Plan, to a scale of at least 1:200
  • Floor plans, to a scale of at least 1:100
  • Elevations, to a scale of at least 1:100.
  • Operating details as relevant for changes of land use to commercial.

Personnel

One of the Council’s Urban Planner’s will be assigned by the Council’s Manager, Development Assessment, to conduct the pre-lodgement advice service.  The potential applicant shall not seek to obtain pre-lodgement advice on the same project from an alternate Urban Planner. 

Where meetings are sought by either the proponent or the Urban Planner, no more than 2 such meetings shall occur, after which time the pre-lodgement advice service will be concluded and a development application should be lodged. 

The Urban Planner assigned to conduct the pre-lodgement advice service may or may not be assigned to assess any subsequent development application lodged for the project, at the discretion of the Manager, Development Assessment.

 

Service level

The Council will strive to provide written advice within 2 weeks of the commencement of the pre-lodgement advice service or, where relevant, within 2 weeks of a meeting with the proponent.

 

Limitations of the service

The advice and/or information provided is preliminary in nature only and will not constitute approval, refusal or support for the project.  A development application is required to be lodged in order for a definite decision to be made.  The assessment of a Development Application will involve a more comprehensive review of the site and locality, and may include public notification, referral to specialist staff and/or government departments. 

Issues may arise during the assessment of a development application, requiring additional information, or changes to the proposal.  Depending on the nature of the development application or comments resulting from public notification, it may be necessary for the Council Assessment Panel (CAP) to determine the application. It should be noted that Planning legislation in SA changes frequently; sometimes without notice.  Such changes can have significant impact on development outcomes including project costs, approval processes and timeframes.

Contact

Council’s Urban Planning & Environment Department

T: 08 8366 4530

E: townhall@npsp.sa.gov.au