Development Approval

Pathways for obtaining development approval for renewable energy projects in South Australia are established under the Development Act 1993 and associated Development Regulations, 2008.

The three main assessment pathways are:

PATHWAY PROJECT TYPE
Crown sponsored public infrastructure (Section 49) Sponsored by a State Government agency
State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) Generating capacity of more than 5MW
Local Council Generating capacity of less than 5MW

Crown Sponsored Public Infrastructure (Section 49)

Renewable energy developments must be for the purpose of public infrastructure and supported by a State Government agency to be assessed under this pathway. South Australian Government can provide case management services to help investors negotiate this process.

If sponsorship is obtained, a Development Application can be lodged with the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) which will assess the application on behalf of the Minister for Planning and provide him with a recommendation. Crown sponsorship does not imply approval of a Development Application.

The assessment process generally takes a minimum of three (3) months and involves:

  • Referral to the relevant Local Council and Government agencies for comment
  • Public notification (if the development cost exceeds $4 million)
  • Assessment by the SCAP which may include a panel meeting
  • Decision by the Minister

Following the Minister’s decision there are no appeal rights.

 

State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP)

Renewable energy developments with a generating capacity of more than 5MW, to be connected to the State’s power system, are assessed by the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP).

The assessment process generally takes a minimum of three (3) months and may involve:

  • Referral to the relevant Local Council and Government agencies for comment
  • Public notification
  • Assessment and decision by the SCAP, which may include a panel meeting

Depending on the nature of the proposal, there may be appeal rights.

 

Local Council

Renewable energy developments with a generating capacity of less than 5MW are assessed by the Local Council. For further information contact the Local Council.

For further information on the assessment of renewable energy developments contact the DPTI, Planning Division Crown Development Team on +61 8 7109 7061.

The infographic below provides an example of the type of stakeholders, achievements and actions likely to be involved in obtaining approval for an energy project. Note, you are encouraged to seek advice from DPTI’s Planning Division Crown Development Team and/or planning and legal professionals in the project concept stage.

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