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Structures Not Requiring Approval

Other than where the property contains a State Heritage Place or falls within the outlined exclusions, the following acts/activities are exempt from requiring Development Approval when all of the relevant criteria are met.

Where the act/activity you are seeking to undertake does not fall within the criteria below, Development Approval will be required to be sought from Council. Please go to this page for further information on lodging a Development Application and the Development Approval process.

If you wish to discuss a proposal please contact Council’s Duty Planner on 8522 9211 or via email on planningadvice@gawler.sa.gov.au.

  • Is not displayed/erected above any verandah or fascia. If there is no verandah no part of the advertisement is more than 3.7 metres above ground level.
  • Does not move, flash or reflect light and is not internally illuminated.

Excluding: Local Heritage Place or a Flood Plain

  • Human activity is secondary (e.g. used for storage purposes).
  • Is detached from and ancillary to another building on the site for which development approval has been granted.
  • Has a total floor area not exceeding:

    - 10 square metres in a Historic (Conservation) Zone.

    - In any other case, has a floor area not exceeding 15 square metres.

  • Has no span exceeding 3 metres.
  • No part of the building is more than 2.5 metres in height.
  • Is not forward of the building to which it is ancillary that faces the primary street.
  • Is not within 900mm of a boundary with a secondary street.
  • Is not within 6 metres of an intersection.

Excluding: Airport Building Height Areas

  • If attached to a building, is no more than 4 metres in height.
  • If not attached to a building, is no more than 10 metres in height.

Excluding: when within a Flood Plain or Historic (Conservation) Zone

  • Is constructed in association with a dwelling and will be primarily used by the occupants of that dwelling.
  • Is no deeper than 300 millimetres (30cm).
  • In the case of an aboveground or inflatable pool, does not incorporate a filtration system.
  • Is constructed in association with a dwelling and will be primarily used by the occupants of that dwelling.
  • Has a maximum capacity of 680 Litres.

Excluding: Historic (Conservation) Zone or Flood Plain

  • Does not exceed 2.1 metres in height (including any attached retaining wall).
  • If situated within 6 metres of an intersection, does not exceed 1 metre in height (other than where a 4 x 4 cut off has been provided and will be preserved).

Excluding: Historic (Conservation) Zone or Flood Plain

  • Does not exceed 1 metre in height.

Excluding: Historic (Conservation) Zone or Flood Plain

  • Does not exceed 2.1 metres in height.
  • New fence – is no closer than 3 metres to a dwelling.
  • Repairing an existing fence – does not enlarge or extend the fence.


Excluding: Flood Plain

  • Retains a difference in ground levels not exceeding 1 metre.
  • The forming of a levee or mount with a finished height less than 3 metres above the natural surface of the ground.
  • Excavating or filling does not exceed 9 cubic metres in total.

Excavating, filling or the forming of a levee or mound which is:

  • Incidental to the ploughing or tilling of land for the purpose of agriculture.
  • Incidental to the installation, repair or maintenance of any underground services.
  • In the event of an emergency order to protect property or life or the environment where authority to undertake the activity is given by another Act.
  • Is part of a roof drainage system.
  • Total floor area not exceeding 10 square metres.
  • Is located wholly above the ground.
  • Has no part higher than 4 metres above the natural surface of the ground.

Excluding: Historic (Conservation) Zone or Bushfire Risk Area

  • Is in association with an existing dwelling.
  • Will not have any point on the floor of the deck higher than 500 millimetres above the natural surface of the ground.
  • Will not be within 900mm of a boundary

Excluding: Historic (Conservation) Zone

  • The garage or carport already exists on site.
  • Is ancillary to another building on the site for which development approval has been granted.
  • Is not forward of the building to which it is ancillary that faces the primary street.

Excluding: Historic (Conservation) Zone

  • Is to consist of a permeable material.
  • Will not exceed 20 square metres in area.
  • No part of the structure will be more than 3 metres above the ground/floor level.
  • Is not forward of the building to which it is ancillary that faces the primary street.

Excluding: Local Heritage Place

  • Does not involve the demolition of any part of the building (other than the removal of fixtures, fittings or non load-bearing partitions).
  • Will not adversely affect the structural soundness of the building or the health or safety of any person occupying or using it.

Excluding: Verandah

  • Is in association with a dwelling.
  • Does not have a roof.
  • Each freestanding side is open.
  • No part of the structure is higher than 4 metres above the ground.
  • Is not forward of the building to which it is ancillary that faces the primary street.
  • Use of the land and any lawfully-erected building is reasonably incidental to the approved use of the land/building by persons who are making use of the land/building.
  • Falls under the definition of a home activity (see THIS FACT SHEET)
  • Display and sale of food produce if the total floor area does not exceed 30 square metres and does not detrimentally effect the amenity of the locality.

Excluding: horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, donkeys and wild animals

  • Will be for domestic needs or enjoyment of occupants of a dwelling. It is recommended to consult with Council staff as to whether the keeping of animals will constitute development.
  • Does not exceed 3000 kilograms in weight on land for residential purposes.
  • Can be any weight.
  • Will be parked on land used for residential purposes by a person who is an occupant of the dwelling situated on that land.

Excluding: Local Heritage Place

  • Is located on the roof of a building.
  • Is not greater than 100 kilograms in weight or if greater than 100 kilograms in weight the load is distributed so that it does not exceed 100 kilograms at any point of attachment to the roof.
  • Panels do not overhang any part of the roof.
  • Panels are fitted parallel to the roof with the underside of the panels no more than 100 millimetres above the surface of the roof.
  • Panels are installed by a person who holds an accreditation under a scheme recognised by the Minister.
  • Panels cannot be seen by a person standing at ground level in a public street.

Excluding: Local Heritage Place

  • If attached to a building, is no more than 4 metres in height.
  • If not attached to a building, is no more than 10 metres in height.
  • If the structure incorporates a satellite/communications dish, the diameter of the dish will not exceed 1.2 metres in a Historic (Conservation) Zone or in any other case 2.6 metres.
  • The circumference of the tree trunk when measured at 1 metre above the natural surface of the ground is less than 2 metres (see THIS FACT SHEET).