The Local Design Review Scheme for South Australia (the Scheme) came into effect on 1 July 2021.

The Scheme provides a consistent state-wide approach for councils to provide Design Review for locally assessed development proposals with the aim of:

  • supporting high-quality design
  • improving access to independent and expert advice early in the planning and design process
  • supporting consistent and informed planning decisions
  • facilitating collaboration between allied professionals
  • supporting the State’s planning system to meet objects and principles in the PDI Act.

The Scheme was prepared by the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) in close collaboration with council staff from across the state, representatives from peak industry bodies and the State Planning Commission (the Commission) and interstate government agencies with experience in Local Design Review.

The draft Local Design Review Scheme was available for public comment for eight weeks from 26 June to 21 August 2020. A total of 39 submissions were received in response to the draft Scheme. All submissions and the Engagement Summary Report are published below.

Since the Scheme was approved, ODASA has been developing important tools to support operation of the Scheme including a user guide, forms and templates, training modules and fee modelling.

Before the Scheme becomes operational, the Planning and Design Code must be amended to specify which development types will be eligible for Local Design Review. The Commission initiated this amendment in May 2021 and our team has been busy collaborating with council staff and industry stakeholders to prepare the draft content. This amendment will be open for public consultation in the coming months.


  • Local Design Review Scheme for South Australia Download PDF
  • Local Design Review Best Practice Guide - Part 1 Download PDF