Design Review is an independent evaluation process in which a panel of built environment experts review the design quality of development proposals. It is a reliable method of promoting good design in South Australia and improving the quality of design outcomes in the built environment.


The Design Review Program is an integral part of the voluntary, confidential and free pre-lodgement service offered by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and is led by the South Australian Government Architect and Associate Government Architect, with support by staff from ODASA.


This service is available for:

  • developments $10 million or more in value within the City of Adelaide;
  • developments five storeys or more in the Inner Metropolitan Adelaide Urban Corridor Zones;
  • $3 million or more in value in Port Adelaide Enfield; and
  • any project deemed to be of economic significance to the state, at the discretion of the State Coordinator-General.


Design Review is guided by the Principles of Good Design which focus on how buildings and places can meet the needs of the people who use them. These overarching principles inform the design quality evaluation.

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