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Residential Character Areas

Residential character areas are unique and need specific attention to ensure their character is protected and enhanced.

In November 2009 the former Minister for Urban Development and Planning announced through a declaration in the Government Gazette, that development in parts of Metropolitan Adelaide, including areas within the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, would be subject to the complying development provisions of the Development Regulations 2008. These complying development provisions were extended through the introduction of the Residential Development Code.

The effect of the Residential Development Code applying to these declared areas means that new dwellings (of up to 2 storeys), must be given planning consent by the planning authority where a proposal satisfies the criteria specified in the Development Regulations.

Download: Gazetted Residential Code Areas

In determining the extent of the Residential Code Areas, Councils were able to nominate "character areas", which subject to the Minister's approval, would be exempt from the application of the Residential Development Code as it applies to complying development for new dwellings.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters obtained the Minister's approval for the exemption of twenty-two character areas on the basis that these areas displayed the following attributes:

  • geographically discrete and able to be clearly defined and mapped
  • able to be distinguished from other areas due to their special attributes
  • have a predominant built form that was constructed before 1940.

For more information, download: Map of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Residential Character Areas

Residential Character Areas (where the Residential Code for new dwellings does not apply) include:


For more information on the Residential Development Code, visit: Residential development code updates




Council's Urban Planning & Environment Department
T: 08 8366 4562