District Council of Peterborough


Any alteration or addition made to your property requires a Development Application to be made.  Application forms can be obtained from the District Council office, or by printing off the form here.  Fees are applicable, these are Lodgement, Planning and Building Fees.

Development Application Form 


Residential Zones

The objectives and principles of development control apply to the Residential Zone shown on Maps Pet/3 and 4.  These are additional to those expressed for the whole council area.

Peterborough Zone Map



Objective 1:      A residential zone comprising a range of dwelling types.

Objective 2:      Increased dwelling densities in close proximity to centres, public transport routes and public open spaces.

Objective 3:      Development that contributes to the desired character of the zone.


Desired Character

The zone comprises a large portion of the Peterborough township and incorporates most of the residential and some community-related uses such as primary and secondary schools.

Peterborough has retained its low-density development pattern and an attractive historic character, which provides a pleasant living environment for its residents.  Although a variety of housing styles exist in the zone, dwellings in general have remained in good physical condition.  It is preferable that the existing housing stock be maintained and re-used to help preserve the historic residential character of the township. 

Some urban size allotments remain vacant in the zone, which should adequately cater for the town’s future need without having to encroach on the adjoining rural land. 

It is important that future development is orderly and compact for economic provision of essential services, and easy access to the town’s facilities.


Principles of Development Control 

Land Use

1.  The following forms of development are envisaged in the zone:

  • domestic outbuilding in association with a dwelling
  • domestic structure
  • dwelling
  • dwelling addition
  • small scale non-residential uses that serve the local community, for example:
  • child care facilities
  • health and welfare services
  • open space
  • primary and secondary schools
  • recreation areas
  • shops, office or consulting rooms
  • supported accommodation 

2.  Development listed as non-complying is generally inappropriate and not acceptable unless it can be demonstrated that it does not undermine the objectives and principles of the Development Plan. 

3.  Vacant or underutilised land should be developed in an efficient and co-ordinated manner to increase housing choice by providing dwellings at densities higher than, but compatible in form, scale and design with adjoining residential development.

4.  Non-residential development such as shops, schools and consulting rooms should be of a nature and scale that:

(a)  serves the needs of the local community;

(b) is consistent with the character of the locality:

(c)  does not detrimentally impact on the amenity of nearby residents;

5.  The use and placement of outbuildings should be ancillary to and in association with a dweling or dwellings. 


Form and Character

6.  Development should not be undertaken unless it is consistent with the desired character for the zone.

7.  Dwellings and associated outbuildings that exhibit historic character and integrity should be conserved and any additions to or extensions of such building should incorporate colours, materials and design features characteristic of the period of construction of the building affected.

8.  Garages and carports facing the street (other than an access lane way) should be designed with a maximum width of 6 meters or 50 per cent of the allotment or building site frontage width, whichever is the lesser distance. 

9.  Dwellings should be designed within the Council's parameters.

10.  Sheds, garages and similar outbuildings should be designed within the Council's parameters.

11.  A dwelling should have a minimum site area (and in the case of group dwellings and residential flat building, an average site area per dwelling) and a frontage to a public road not less than within Council's parameters.


Land Division

12.  Land division should create allotments with an area not less than 1000 square meters.


Procedural Matters

Complying Development

Complying developments are prescribed in Schedule 4 of the Development Regulations 2008.

  • dwelling
  • carport
  • pergola
  • shed
  • veranda


Non-complying Development

Development (including building work, a change in the use of land, or division of an allotment) for the following is non-complying:

Advertisement and/or Advertising Hoarding

Amusement Machine Centre

Builder’s Yard 

Consulting Rooms




Farm Building 

Fuel Depot

General Industry  



Intensive Animal Keeping  

Junk Yard  

Keeping of Horses, Cattle, Sheep and Goats 

Light Industry  

Motor Showroom       

Motor Repair Station      

Office - except where a) the total floor area is less than 100sq metres, b) the site does not front an arterial road

Petrol Filling Station

Public Service Depot


Road Transport Terminal

Roadside Stall

Service Industry

Service Trade Premises

Shop - except where a) the gross leasable area is less than 80sq metres, b) the site does not front an arterial road

Special Industry

Stock Salesyard


Timber Yard


Wrecking Yard

Waste Reception, Storage, Treatment or Disposal


Public Notification

Categories of public notification are prescribed in Schedule 9 of the Development Regulations 2008.

District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066